43. Surgery (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss ancient surgery, as well as the first major hurdle to its modernization: a proper understanding of human anatomy. Yumiko Hutchenreuther returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 42, Roman Britannia (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   8:18 – Listen, we all say things sometimes that we wish we could take back. To categorize the Romanization of the Britons as not hurting anyone and no one minding is painting the entire thing with an awfully broad brush; Boudica, for example, had minded quite […]

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42. Roman Britannia (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss the building of Hadrian’s Wall, the maturation of the province of Britain, the political upheavals of the later Western Roman empire, and the eventual Saxon raids that mark the end of Roman influence on the British Isles. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 41, Roman Britannia (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   9:47 – Phil’s question – why did so many wars end with one decisive battle – is something I’m going to talk about for a bit at this point in terms of social and conventional terms. There’s one thing I forgot to mention, though: armies weren’t […]

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41. Roman Britannia (Part 1)

In this episode, we discuss the roots of both the Celtic and Roman civilizations very briefly before diving into their early intersections, beginning with the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar and ending this part with the Boudican Rebellion and immediate aftermath. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 28, Charlemagne (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:26 – I was right! We’re on our third pope now. 4:29 – If you want the long version of this story, I get into some more detail in last month’s episode about the Knights Templar, which you can find here. 12:22 – You know, the […]

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28. Charlemagne (Part 2)

In this episode we focus mainly on Charlemagne’s coronation by Pope Leo III as Roman Emperor and the far-reaching consequences of the act. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 27, Charlemagne (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   6:51 – It looks as though Charlemagne’s date of birth may have been shifted forward several years from 742 to 747 by some chroniclers both to coincide with Easter and to mask the fact that Charlemagne may have been born out of wedlock. 742 is by […]

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27. Charlemagne (Part 1)

In this episode, we discuss the stretch of time between the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the rule of Charlemagne, as well as Charlemagne’s first years of rule. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 15, The Fall of Constantinople (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   6:44 –  At the founding of Constantinople, Mediolanum was the administrative capital of the Roman Empire and had been since 286. In 402, The western capital was moved to Ravenna.   12:08 – I downplay the sacking of Rome by the crusaders in 1205 a little bit, […]

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