Showing posts from June, 2013

Upcoming Reddit IAMA!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to do an IAMA (“I am _____, ask me anything”) thread on many TAW listeners probably know, Reddit is a major web community, with roughly 20 million users.As an extra bonus, recent Reddit IAMAs have been done by Mike Duncan of The History of Rome and Lars Brownworth of 12 Byzantine Rulers and Norman Centuries (both of whom were major inspirations for my creating The Ancient World) as well as a number of other great history podcasters.

I’m happy to announce that my TAW IAMA will happen this Tuesday June 25th at 6:30PM EST, and will run for a few hours.On the day of the IAMA, you should be able to access the thread by going to:
From what I’ve been told, it should be easy to find from there.Please feel free to stop by, say hi, and ask any questions you’ve been meaning to ask, about the podcast or anything else.
Thanks again for listening! Scott C.

Episode 30 - The Lost Army

"So Darius son of Hystaspes was made king, and the whole of Asia, which Cyrus first and Cambyses after him had conquered, was subject to him...and everything was full of his power. First he made and set up a carved stone, upon which was cut the figure of a horseman, with this inscription: 'Darius son of Hystaspes, aided by the excellence of his horse, and of Oebares his groom, got possession of the kingdom of Persia.'" - Herodotus

Cambyses successfully conquered Egypt, but forays beyond its frontiers met with frustration and disaster.The promise of Lydian gold lured Polycrates to a gruesome death in Sardis.Bardiya briefly wrestled the Persian Empire from his brother, only to lose it to a conspiracy of nobles led by Darius.

Episode 29 - A More Perfect Empire

“Remember this lesson well:Whenever you can, act as a liberator.Freedom, dignity, and wealth—these three together constitute the great happiness of humanity.If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.” – Cyrus the Great (quoted by Xenophon)
Servius Tullius laid the foundation for the Roman Republic, but his dubious claim to the throne led to his violent overthrow by Tarquin the Proud.Cyrus the Great governed his vast empire with wisdom and temperance before meeting his end along Persia’s volatile eastern frontier.Cambyses II’s Egyptian designs were aided by a high-level betrayal in the court of Ahmose II.