Episode 4.3: Love and Sex and the Roman Emperors

April 11, 2022

The emperors Vespasian, Titus, Hadrian, and Septimius Severus all had career-defining love affairs outside the elite of Roman Italy. Here are their stories.

Episode 4.2: Mothers, Sons, & Roman Emperors

March 14, 2022

The fascinating stories of three Roman emperors and their mothers: Tiberius & Livia, Nero & Agrippina, and Constantine & Saint Helena.

Episode 4.1: War and Peace and the Roman Emperors

February 23, 2022

How peaceful was the Roman Peace - the famous PAX ROMANA? Join me in a look at three great emperors and find out.

Episode 3.12: Teutoburg Forest

December 12, 2019

"Give me back my legions!" cried the Roman Emperor, but it was too late. Rome's crushing defeat at the Teutoburg Forest kept most of Germany permanently free from Roman rule. Here is how it happened.

Episode 3.11: Greece: History, Myth, and Music in the Land of the Gods

December 10, 2019

Let's discover Greece firsthand together this summer on an education vacation that will take us from Athens to Actium via magical Epirus.

Episode 3.10: Actium

December 7, 2019

Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian fought for control of the Roman Empire at Actium. We tell the story.

Episode 3.9: Pharsalus

November 28, 2019

Was it war, crime or a self-inflicted wound? It was, in any case, the greatest battle between Caesar and Pompey, and it took place here, at Pharsalus, Greece, in 48 BC.

Episode 3.8: Zama

November 21, 2019

It's hardly a household word today, but Zama decided the fate of Rome. Join us for the epic battle of two titans, Hannibal and Scipio.

Episode 3.7: Cannae

November 14, 2019

Hannibal's victory at Cannae was one of the most dramatic in history yet ultimately one of the least fruitful. Here's how it happened.

Episode 3.6: Issus

November 7, 2019

Follow one of history's most dramatic clashes of kings, when Alexander and Darius fought, for the first time, at Issus,

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