Tides of History | 23 November 2023 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Sarris about his book Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint. Assesses the life, times and legacy of Justinian, the 6C Roman Emperor. Discusses his programme of imperial renewal; his overhaul of Roman law, reconquest of lost territories, and encouragement of Christianity – all advanced against a backdrop of geopolitical threats, climate change, and plague.
The Book Club | 27 September 2023 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mary Beard about her book Emperor of Rome. Explores what we can and can’t know about the men who ruled the Roman Empire, and what the lurid stories about so many of them tell us about the anxieties and fantasies of Rome’s ordinary citizens and the remarkable resilience of the regime.
History Extra | 6 July 2023 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tom Holland about his book Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age. Discusses the golden age of Ancient Rome, or “Pax Romana”, where peace and prosperity prevailed across the Mediterranean world, from the fall of Nero to the reign of Hadrian.
The Daily Stoic | 7 December 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Josiah Osgood about his book Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic. Discusses the complicated legacy of Cato, how Caesar and Cato’s relationship can help inform our daily lives, and more.
History Extra | 14 February 2023 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jane Draycott about her book Cleopatra’s Daughter: Egyptian Princess, Roman Prisoner, African Queen. Tells the story of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, who overcame her parents’ deaths to become a powerful ruler in her own right – treading a fine line between appeasing Rome and honouring her mother’s legacy.
Talks from the Hoover Institution | 16 August 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Barry Strauss about his book The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium. Discusses the naval battle at Actium and the key protagonists and the implications.
The Dissenter | 13 September 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edward Watts about his book The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Backgrounds the factors that played a role in the fall of Rome and discusses the long history of people theorising about the decline and fall of Rome and projecting that onto current issues.
In Our Time | 17 June 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Edward Gibbon, best known for his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (published 1776-89). Decline and Fall covers thirteen centuries and is an enormous intellectual undertaking and, on publication, became a phenomenal success across Europe.