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Monday, March 25, 2013

Quick (One-Question) Listener Poll

(Also anonymous, and all that)

With the current series ending over the next few months, I wanted to gauge how many (local?) listeners might be interested in attending some sort of informal wrap-party in SF.  Let me know what you think:

http://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=4e63abd5-0ba2-4abf-bae7-e9c531afaea7 

Thanks!
Scott C.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Anniversary and Milestones

Greetings TAW listeners!  April 4, 2013 will mark the one year anniversary since this podcast was first launched, and what an amazing year it’s been.   I wanted to thank you all - not only for your kind words, wonderful iTunes reviews, and lovely Facebook posts - but also for helping me, and the series, reach the following, rather mind-boggling, set of milestones:

  • 250 Facebook “Likes” (OK, that’s not mind-boggling, but it is fun)
  • 5,000 regular subscribers, and (wait for it…)
  • 250,000 episode downloads!!!

Episode 25 (the Silver Anniversary episode!) is coming up next and, in yet another nod to reality, I’ll officially be changing the subtitle of TAW from “around 20 episodes” to “around 30 episodes.”    
A few thousand years in the bank, less than a century left to go – but trust me, there are a lot of amazing developments crammed into that last century.  Thanks again for listening, and keep spreading the word!

Scott C.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Episode 24 - A Wolf Among Hounds

“I freed those here who suffered unseemly enslavement and feared the tempers of their masters.  I did this by harnessing force and justice together with power, and I carried through my promises.  I wrote statues alike for those of high and of low social status, fitting straight justice for each.  If someone other than I had taken the goad, some ill-intentioned and greedy man, he would not have been able to control the people.  For had I been willing to do what pleased the opposing party then, or what the others planned for them, this city would have lost many men.  That is why I made a stout defense all round, turning like a wolf among many hounds.”  - Solon of Athens

The leaders of Rome, Carthage and Greece relied on strength, wisdom and cunning to navigate the turbulent political waters of the early 6th century Mediterranean.  The delicate balance struck by Solon allowed Athens to prosper, while also unleashing the popular forces that would define the city’s future.
http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_24_A_Wolf_Among_Hounds.mp3

Friday, March 8, 2013

Episode 23 - Captives of Babylon

“So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he pronounced judgment on him.  Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah.  He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in bronze fetters, took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.” – Jeremiah 52 

After eliminating the last Assyrian holdouts, King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon warred against Egypt over control of the Levant.  Repeated Judean defiance resulted in the sacking of Jerusalem.  Cyaxares of Medea found his Anatolian designs curtailed by the powerful kingdom of Lydia.

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_23_Captives_of_Babylon.mp3