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The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of ...
 
The History of Modern Greece covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in 1821-1832, to the modern day. We are a father and son team. We are not historians, but we are hardcore fans of history. We embarked on a mission to understand exactly how the Ancient Greek civilization transformed into the modern nation we see today. To prepare ourselves for the journey we purchased dozens of textbooks, watched numberless documentarie ...
 
For the Irish historian John Bagnell Bury, history should be treated as a science and not a mere branch of literature. Many contemporary histories written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were poetic and heroic in tone, blending fact and fiction, myths and legends. They sometimes relied on sources from Shakespeare and classical poets. For Bury, the facts of history may be legendary or romantic in nature, but they should be recounted in a scholarly and non-judgmental manner, ...
 
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Once the Seljuks had taken over the last vestiges of the Abbasid Caliphate, they came into direct contact with the Fatimid Caliphate and the Roman Empire. Despite being outnumbered, the Seljuks proved themselves to be masters in the art of war and conquest. Within a few decades Seljuks had conquered the HolyLand, and most of Anatolia... suddenly ta…
 
The Seljuks started out as a small band of 100 horsemen, their families, and flocks of sheep and camels. In less than a century, they became the most potent power in the Islamic world. Initially, the Seljuks fought with the Khazar Khaganate against the spreading Ummayad Caliphate, and not long after, they ruled over the Caliphate. The History of Mo…
 
When the Western GokTurk empire collapsed, the Khazars inherited the administration and quickly established their own Turkic Khanate. This tribe seems to not o Kay have converted to Judaism but also defeated the ever-expanding Umayyad Caliphate from spreading into the Eurasian Steppe. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Gr…
 
After the Asheena tribe united all of the Turks in the Eurasian Steppe, the GokTurk Empire became the largest steppe empire, and Khaganate to that point in time. They controlled the Silk Road and became immensely wealthy and powerful. But all good things come to an end. Unfortunately, the empire did not survive a transfer of power, and the once mig…
 
In the first episode of the Turkic origin story, we go back to the end of the sixth century to the Eastern Eurasian Steppe, where a nomadic steppe tribe created the largest steppe empire the world had ever seen. This GokTurk Khaganate was the very first Turkic Empire. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from t…
 
In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the Athenian military leader, philosopher, and historian--Xenophon (ca. 430-354 BC)--who was one of Sokrates' more famous pupils; and the post-Peloponnesian war Panhellenic campaign into the heart of the Persian Empire that he made famous through his writings (the Anabasi…
 
Robert Guiscard is no longer satisfied with conquering southern Italy. After discovering the true wealth of the Roman Empire, he begins his ultimate conquest. Robert starts dressing like the Roman Emperor and leads an army across the Adriatic Sea. The Normans have come to the doorstep of the Roman Empire, and Emperor Alexios Komnenos will be the on…
 
Two noblemen, both born of Viking ancestry, race to the empty throne of England, to take the kingdom for themselves. One of them was a Varangian Guard, serving under the Roman Emperors, and the other was a Bastard, born into a world of Violence. The winner will be the undisputed King of England. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the event…
 
What starts out as a love story between a Norman warrior and a Princess, ends with the total conquest of the island of Sicily. In two hundred years, Sicily was back in Christian hands for the first time. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independenc…
 
After a civil war in Normandy, many Viking warriors found there was nothing for them in Normandy. Yet they were still the strongest and most brutal warriors of their time… so they head south to seek their fame and fortune in the fractured lands of Southern Italy. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fa…
 
Going back to the Viking Origin story, we continue the family line of the Great Rollo the Walker. He was gifted land at the mouth of the Seine River, and from here, a great kingdom is born. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in 1821-1832…
 
The Macedonians are dead, and a long list of terrible and unfit emperors sit on the throne. All of the Byzantine Golden Age achievements are about to blow away with the winds of time. And the enemies on the Roman frontier, smell blood in the water. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constanti…
 
Two of the last living descendants from the Great Macedonian Dynasty, Theodora, and Zoe, ruled as co-emperors over the Roman Empire. But they both are grasping at straws, as they too are old, and they do not have any children… it is these women who will ultimately choose the successor dynasty to the great Macedonian line. The History of Modern Gree…
 
Basil is dead, and the next emperor has no heirs of his own. How will Constantine VIII manage to secure a new Roman Dynasty before he too passes on from the world? Spoiler alert… he doesn’t. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in 1821-183…
 
Basil the 2nd defeats his greatest enemy… secures the lands of the Roman Empire, and even managed to grow its frontiers out further than ever before. This was the absolute height of the Byzantine Golden Age. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Indepen…
 
Basil the Bulgar Slayer, made his name by slaying many Bulgars. His greatest foe had taken all of the Imperial lands on the European side of the empire, and decades of fighting had made Basil a fearsome foe. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Indepen…
 
Basil the 2nd was triumphant in his first years as emperor. His major mistake was marching recklessly into battle, and nearly losing his own head, and many of his men. Unfortunately, his actions triggered his closest ally to lose his patience, and rebel against the emperor. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People …
 
Basil the 2nd is the longest-reigning Roman Emperor of all time. But the beginning of his reign was sparked by civil war. In order to hold onto control, he was going to need the help of a great general. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence…
 
A new Caliphate is born in the Northern territories of Africa, and the island of Sicily. These Arabs follow a different teacher in Islam and are on a quest to become the new dominant power. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in 1821-1832…
 
Just how did the Great Charlemagne turn into the Holy Roman Empire? This episode covers the events and details of the Eastern Frankish Kingdom, and its path to one that is Holy, Roman, and Imperial. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in …
 
Sviatoslav is a Slavic Name, he wore Slavic Clothing… but he was a Viking. The Viking Origin story concludes with the Viking King of the Slavic Nation facing off against the Roman Empire in a final showdown that will result in one of them being turned into a drinking cup. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People fr…
 
We follow the Viking adventures East, across the Baltic Sea, and into Eastern Europe. Where they founded trading outposts along the Ladoga, Dneiper, and Volga rivers. And some of these Vikings became Kings of the land. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War…
 
The Sons of Ragnar return from their adventures in Ireland, France, Spain, and Italy, to exact their revenge on the man responsible for executing their father. Meanwhile… Rollo makes a deal with King Charles that gives birth to the land of Normandy. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constant…
 
We delve into Viking mythology and paint several similarities between Greek and Norse mythology and the legendary character of Ragnar Lothbrok. There are many who believe that the story of Reginherus and the siege of Paris are the foundation of the Viking Character Ragnar Lothbrok. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek…
 
We start off the origin mini-series, by going back to the Proto Indo Europeans, and following the branch that traveled North West of the Carpathian mountains. They became the Corded Ware culture along the journey, and then they became known as the Battle Ax culture before they became known as Norse, Swedes, and Danes… and ultimately… Vikings. The H…
 
After a clever assassination, another General seizes the imperial throne. Immediately he is faced with a revolt in the Balkans, and an invasion by the Kievan Rus from the North. After mopping things up in the West he marches his army east where he takes back lost imperial lands and comes face to face with a new… organized enemy… The Fatimid Calipha…
 
How many times do Usurpers feel remorse for stealing the throne? How many times do Emperors look at their children and think they are not fit to rule? This is the story of a Usurper who had a Change of Heart and gave everything back to the Macedonian Dynasty. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall o…
 
The Macedonian Dynasty faced a terrible dilemma when the throne was left to children. It gave the opportunity for backstabbing generals to step in and claim the throne for themselves. This is the story of how an Armenian Admiral in the Byzantine Navy rose to the occasion, betrayed the empress, and seized the throne for himself. The History of Moder…
 
What would you do if you had all the money and wealth in the world, spent all of your time partying and socializing with Elites, never preparing for the future, or any responsibility… and then were thrust into the most powerful seat in the Empire? This is the story of the Drunk Emperor. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the …
 
After securing the throne, writing a law code, taking back old land, and building many churches… Basil is forced to leave the empire to the son who preferred to stay inside and read books, instead of his warrior son. Basil… in many ways, is similar to Justinian the Great, only on a smaller scale. But his story is far more impressive, and his Bookwo…
 
The Byzantine Golden Age coincides with the dawn of a new dynasty. The Macedonian line of emperors starts with a young man born into Bulgar Slavery. This is the original Cinderfella story. From Rags to riches… Basil becomes the new Emperor of the Roman Empire. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall …
 
Continuing the origin story of the Bulgars, we discuss the Great Khans who fought against the Khazars and the Byzantine Emperors. The story ends with the Bulgar story merging with the Greek narrative and the turning of Emperor Nikephoros' head into a Drinking Cup. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the f…
 
Who are the Bulgars and where did they come from? We discuss four different theories on the origin of the Bulgarians, from Old Great Bulgaria to the legendary Bulhara. Are the Bulgarians really descended from the generals of Alexander the Great? The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinop…
 
We take a look at the state of the Greek world in the year 800 CE. What were the borders? How was their government operated? What was the state of Greek religion? All of these questions and more are discussed, to paint a vivid picture of the state of medieval Greece. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from th…
 
In this episode, we discuss the life and death of Sokrates (ca. 470-399 BC), who is widely considered to be the father of western philosophy, with in-depth overviews of Aristophanes' Clouds and Plato's dialogue Euphyro, Apologia, Krito, and Phaido. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2022/03/109-sokrates.html…
 
We wrap up the story of Empress Irene, the first woman to make it to the top of the ladder in Byzantine Politics. Not only did she sit on the throne, but she also governed the entire Empire, on her own. We also discuss the bias a lot of historians had towards Irene, and even talk about the infamous blinding of her son Constantine. The History of Mo…
 
Welcome to the Second Season of the History of Modern Greece. We look back at our first season and discuss some of the lessons we learned from podcasting, as well as our favorite men and women from Ancient Greece. We also take the time to discuss who our favorite podcasters are who cover these events in much greater detail. The History of Modern Gr…
 
Irene of Athens was the very first... sole ruling Empress of the Roman Empire. She wasn't just the mother of an Emperor or the Wife of an Emperor... she WAS the Roman Emperor. The History of Modern Greece Podcast covers the events of the Greek People from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Greek War of Independence in 1821-1832, all the way …
 
The Abbasid Caliphate had made it so far East that they came face to face with another superpower in the east. The Chinese Tang Dynasty was also expanding its borders West, and when the two superpowers met in the narrow valley of Talas... the epic battle between the Chinese and the Arabs happened in the year 751. The History of Modern Greece Podcas…
 
Charles the Great, was the King of the Franks who conquered the Visigoths, and the Lombards, and after seizing as much power in Western Europe as possible, the Pope crowned him as the Emperor of the Romans in the West. He was the first Roman Emperor in the West in over 300 years. The History of Modern Greece covers the events of the Greek People fr…
 
After the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, a Germanic Tribe known as the Franks took over the entire province of Gaul. This new Kingdom, known as Frankia, was forced to defend itself against the Umayyad Dynasty when they stormed over the Pyrenees Mountains and invaded modern-day France. The History of Modern Greece covers the events of the Greek P…
 
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