Friday, December 19, 2014

Episode B5 - Eclipsis

“The moon herself grew dark, rising at sunset,
Covering her suffering in the night,
Because she saw her beautiful namesake, Selene,
Breathless, descending to Hades,
With her she’d had the beauty of her light in common,
And mingled her own darkness with her death.” – Crinagoras of Myteline, Epigram for Cleopatra Selene 

Updated Octavian Family Tree:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Episode B4 - Limitem Mundi

“Cato said…they must make no prayer for him; prayer belonged to the conquered, and the craving of grace to those who had done wrong; but for his part he had not only been unvanquished all his life, but was actually a victor now as far as he chose to be, and a conqueror of Caesar in all that was honorable and just.” – Plutarch, The Life of Cato the Younger

“My husband has died and I have no son.  They say about you that you have many sons.  You might give me one of your sons to become my husband.  I would not wish to take one of my subjects as a husband... I am afraid.” – Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Letter to King Suppiluliuma I of Hatti

Map of Mauretania:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Over One Million Served!

Last week TAW hit its latest major milestone - the million download mark!  And I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you dedicated listeners for making it happen.  This podcast has obviously gone on much longer, and reached a much wider audience, than I ever envisioned, and I really appreciate all the support and encouragement you’ve given me along the way. 

Also, just so you know, I am completely obsessed with “Bloodline,” so you can count on plenty more episodes coming your way over the weeks and months to come. 

Take care, and thanks again!
Scott C.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Episode B2 - Rex Socius Amicusque

“(Scipio) increased the honor by observing, that among the Romans there was nothing more magnificent than a Triumph; and that those who triumphed were not arrayed with more splendid ornaments than those with which the Roman people considered Massinissa alone, of all foreigners, worthy.” – Livy, The History of Rome, Book XXX

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In Case You're Wondering

Hope everyone enjoyed the first episode!  By the way, in case you’re wondering, here’s a couple things the new series is NOT:

· It’s not “The History of Rome” – that’s already been done quite well, thank you

· It’s not “The Young Cleopatra Selene Chronicles” (unless the networks greenlight my spec script, then all bets are off!) 
It’s instead…something different.  Many of you may already suspect where the series is going based on the title and the first episode (and you’re welcome to post your guesses).  But like I mentioned earlier, things will really start crystallizing around a half-dozen episodes in, but which time it should be fairly obvious.  Still, I hope the current “groundwork-laying” phase is as fun for you as it is for me.
And now it’s time for a very special “Thank You!” to longtime listener, and talented composer, Morten.  I was still deep in the original series when Morten first approached me with his offer to score the series.  And while I passed for “Rediscovery” (which I felt was basically a continuation of the original series), I eagerly accepted his offer for “Bloodline.”  I basically gave him a thumbnail sketch of the era and setting, and he generated a variety of wonderful musical clips, out of which emerged the current title track.  I love it, and I think it fits the new series wonderfully.  He’s even been gracious enough to title the piece “Bloodline” – how cool is that!  If you want to check out more of Morten’s great compositions, please go to morlam.dk

Thanks again for listening!
Scott C.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode B1 - Triumph

“And herein particularly did he give offense to the Romans, since he bestowed the honorable and solemn rites of his native country upon the Egyptians for Cleopatra’s sake.” – Plutarch, The Life of Marcus Antonius

“Pity fixed the eyes of the Romans upon the infants; and many of them could not forbear tears, and all beheld the sight with a mixture of sorrow and pleasure, until the children were passed.” – Plutarch, The Life of Lucius Aemilius Paulus