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Episode T7 - Blazing From Afar

Synopsis: On the eastern frontiers of the Seleucid Empire, Parthia, Bactria and the Indo-Greeks struggle for regional supremacy.The stalemate in Syria and murder of Eucratides advance the fortunes of Mithridates.

“At about the same time that Mithridates was beginning his rule in Parthia, Eucratides was beginning his in Bactria, both of them great men.But the fortunes of the Parthians prevailed, carrying them to the zenith of their power under this king.” – Justin, Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus, 41.6

"The Yavanas (Greeks) will command, the Kings will disappear. But ultimately the Yavanas, intoxicated with fighting, will not stay in Madhadesa (the Middle Country); there will be undoubtedly a civil war among them, arising in their own country (Bactria), there will be a terrible and ferocious war." – Gargi-Samhita, Yuga Purana, Chapter 7 http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T7_Blazing_From_Afar.mp3

I'm Very Excited

For a bunch of great reasons!First and foremost, I’ve just finished drafting Episode T10, which means I have four new episodes ready to produce.Finishing Episode T10 also gave me another piece of happy news, which is that I now believe I can reasonably estimate how long “The Ancient World – Thea” will run.At the moment, it’s looking like four additional episodes (i.e., through Episode T14) will complete the story of Cleopatra Thea and also give some additional space for a quick synopsis taking us up through either Pompey’s conquest or possibly even a bit farther (no spoilers!) But since I have a horrible track record estimating these things I’m giving myself some extra latitude, so we’ll say that “The Ancient World – Thea” will wrap somewhere between Episodes T14 and T16.
Either way, I’ve decided for the moment to stop drafting new episodes and move into production mode, which means you’ll be seeing Episode T7 appear over the next few weeks.I’m not giving a hard date quite yet (it depe…

Spring Break

Now that we’re 6 episodes in, I wanted to give you an update on the new series and my plans for 2019.I’m planning to break “The Ancient World – Thea” into 6-episode “seasons” with breaks in between.Which is another way of saying that I’m going back on break for a while. You can expect the second season sometime this Summer and a third season before the end of the year.I don’t really have a feeling yet for how long this series’ll run – it might wrap in the third season or might take a fourth.I’m notoriously bad at predicting that kind of thing.

During the break I’m planning to dig into a few side-projects. So, for example, if anyone out there has experience in ancient-history-themed childrens’ books hit me up on social media.Otherwise if you’d like to help out the show here’s my humble ask: Find one friend who’s into history and tell them about The Ancient World.Maybe even point them toward the first 6 episodes of “Thea” as a low-commitment introduction. If each of you could turn just o…

Episode T6 - Philometor

Synopsis: With Syria beset by regional enemies, three kings face off at the Battle of the Oenoparos River.The lone survivor, King Demetrius II, inaugurates his reign with the violent destruction of Antioch.

“And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the sand that lieth upon the sea shore, and many ships, and went about through deceit to get Alexander’s kingdom, and join it to his own…Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so that their hatred was openly known. Then Ptolemy entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns upon his head, the crown of Asia, and of Egypt.” – 1 Maccabees, Chapter 11

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T6_Philometor.mp3

Episode T5 - Balas

Synopsis: Demetrius struggles to preserve his throne but ends up falling in battle.Alexander Balas begins his reign by marrying Ptolemy’s daughter, Cleopatra Thea.While the sons of Demetrius remain a threat, the couple are also forced to confront the growing menace of Parthia.

“Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over against Demetrius.And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius’ host fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against them.And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went down: and that day was Demetrius slain.” – 1 Maccabees

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T5_Balas.mp3

Episode T4 - Soter

Synopsis: Demetrius seizes the Syrian throne and stems immediate threats from Media and Judaea.But deposed officials and regional rulers conspire to engineer his downfall.

“When it became known that the Romans were ill disposed towards Demetrius, not only the other kings but even some of the satraps subject to him regarded his kingship with scant respect. Of these satraps the most outstanding was a certain Timarchus…By launching many accusations against Demetrius (he) persuaded the senate to enact (a decree making him king).Emboldened by this decree he raised an army of considerable size in Media; he also entered into alliance against Demetrius with Artaxias, the king of Armenia.” – Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History, Book XXXI

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T4_Soter.mp3

Episode T3 - Thea

Synopsis: Lysias attempts to exercise control through the young King Antiochus V, but a deadly incident with a Roman delegation gives hope to the captive Demetrius.Ptolemy Physcon challenges his brother Ptolemy VI for control of Egypt and Cyprus.

“They then went on board, and the pilot weighed anchor and started just as the day was breaking, having absolutely no idea of the real state of the case, but believing that he was conveying some soldiers from Menyllus to Ptolemy…It was not until the fourth day after his start that, Demetrius being looked for in vain, the truth was suspected.On the fifth the Senate was hastily summoned to consider the matter, when Demetrius had already cleared the Straits of Messina.The Senate gave up all idea of pursuit.” – Polybius, The Histories, Book XXXI

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T3_Thea.mp3

Episode T2 - Megas

Synopsis: Antiochus the Great restores Seleucid fortunes, but his son Antiochus IV sews the seeds of the Empire’s destruction.

“On (Antiochus IV), after reading the dispatch, saying that he desired to consult with his friends on the situation, Popilius did a thing which was looked upon as exceedingly overbearing and insolent. Happening to have a vine stick in his hand, he drew a circle round Antiochus with it, and ordered him to give his answer to the letter before he stepped out of that circumference.” – Polybius, the Histories, Book XXIX

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T2_Megas.mp3