The Rhine

The Rhine

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Stories from the chaotic frontier between Rome and the "Barbarians" that became Europe's fault line. We chart the rise of the Roman Empire, it's fall in the West, and the reverberations that led to centuries of conflict between France and Germany.

Episodes

50 - Your Questions  

In this one I answer a few questions that I haven't been able to embed into the longer storytelling episodes.

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49 - The City of Ambassadors  

Covering 336-337, it's the foundation of one of the world's greatest cities and the end of the reign of Constantine.

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48 - Constantine the Great  

Great men are not always good.

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47 - Constantine's Battle for Rome  

Constantine marches his army through the Alps to attack Maxentius.

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46 - Constantine's Awakening  

Constantine is thrown into the political maelstrom.

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45 - Constantine on the Rhine  

Covering the years 306 - 311, we tell the story of Constantine's complicated relationship with the Germanii, then shift to a dramatic series of political events in Italy.

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44 - Constantine's Wild Ride  

Finally, we tell our first story about Constantine, a man who re-shaped Europe.

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43 - Centurion  

Covering the years 296 - 305, we continue continue through the somewhat controversial reign of Diocles / Diocletian.  

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42 - Monsters and Pirates  

Diocles (Diocletian) is often credited for bringing the gold old days back to Rome.  But one part of the Empire wasn't doing so well.  This week, we cover a fascinating insurgencies in Belgica.

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41 - Distortion (2/2)  

We cover the rise of Diocletian, and dispel a few myths

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40 - Distortion (1/2)  

Covering the years 276 - 282, it's the reign of the so-called honest Emperor.

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39 - Aurelian's Invictus  

Our final episode on my favorite Emperor: Aurelian.

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38 - Aurelian's Prophet  

Covering the years 272-273, our rough-and-tumble Emperor Aurelian has a spiritual awakening.

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37 - Aurelian's Quagmire  

The Roman Empire continues to fragment, but perhaps one man has the willpower to fix it.

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36 - Colossus  

Covering the year 268, we tell stories from the biggest invasion of Roman territory in the 3rd century: the epic Gothic sea reaving.

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35 - Comitas  

Covering the years 260 - 268, the Roman Empire is falling apart and the Emperor Gallienus tries to save it - but he can't do it alone.   

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34 - Undermanned and Overwhelmed  

Covering the critical year 260, we spend more time on the aftermath of the Rome's disastrous defeat at the hand of the Iranians, also known as the Sassanian Persians. 

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33 - New Enemies: From the Ground Up  

Covering 253 - 260 CE/AD: you reap what you sow.

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32 - New Enemies: From the North  

We tell the century long story of the migration of the Goths and what happened when they arrived on Rome's frontiers around 250 CE.

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31 - New Enemies: Shahan Shah  

A bit of a detour: this shows tells the story of how the old East vs. West rivalry made a strong comeback around 240 CE/AD.  

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