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Episode B39, “Excidium,” finishes off the third story arc of The Ancient World Bloodline.We’ve come a pretty long way from the days of Cleopatra Selene and Juba II – in fact we’ve come about ten generations - and now there’s only a little ways left to go.The upcoming final story arc will focus on Palmyra, Emesa and the Sasanids, while out West the Romans’ll be tearing through Emperors like used paper towels.

Just to give some context, the first two story arcs – on Mauretania and Judea – went 12 episodes each, and the latest one on the Severans took 15.If I had to guess I’d say the final story arc will run less than 10 episodes, but it’s really too early to say.What I can say is it’ll be quite a while before any new episodes are posted. First off I’ll be taking a long break over the Holidays and through my birthday in early February.And by the way that’ll be my 50th birthday, for which I’m already working up some pretty fun plans.Actually next year is also my 10th wedding anniversary and…

Episode B39 - Excidium

Synopsis:Alexander marches East to counter Ardeshir’s invasion, but the conflict ends in a stalemate.A short time later, a legionary rebellion along the Rhine brings the Severan regime to a bloody end.

“The lenity of the Emperor confirmed the insolence of the troops; the legions imitated the example of the Guards, and defended their prerogative of licentiousness with the same furious obstinacy.The administration of Alexander was unavailing struggle against the corruption of this age…Fresh mutinies perpetually broke out; his officers were murdered, his authority was insulted, and his life at last sacrificed to the fierce discontents of the army.”- Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter VI, Part IV http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_B39_Excidium.mp3 The Roman War Plan for 233 AD

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/SASANID_ALEX.jpg The Bloodline Family Tree (Part 1)

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/B33_Bloodline01.pdf The Bloodline Family Tree (Part 2)