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A chronological narrative of Ancient History starting at 1000 BC.


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  • 187. 540s BC part 3 - Cyrus vs Croesus

    34:05
    Herodotus tells us Croesus gave a bunch of nice things to Delphi and the other oracle. Many of the items were still seen in his day. That is why the Greeks said Rich as Croesus…The oracle famously tells Croesus that if he attacks the Persians he will destroy a mighty empire. LOL. But also to make an ally of whoever was the most powerful of the Greeks.Which great empire will prevail when the two power houses go up against each other? This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020

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  • What´s New In History - Why Fred Can't Wear His Crown

    30:23
    See Fred. See Fred's crown. But you'll never see it on his head!King Charles III of the UK became King on Sept 8, 2022 and was coronated on May 6 2023Frederick X of Denmark became king of Denmark on Jan 14 2024 and but he never had a coronation. In fact he's not even allowed to wear his crown!WHY??Well that's the focus of this episode with Special Guest Garry Cookson. The answer will surprise you!Show Notes:Garry's Blog: https://www.royalhistory.siteLinks to more informationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGKzEpLiMw4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782P0YcOOOQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVbdoTgeHqAhttps://www.unjourdeplusaparis.com/en/paris-reportage/premiere-photo-barricade-histoireThis is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020
  • 186. 540s BC part 2 - The rise of Carthage

    21:51
    Officially, the “age of colonization" ends in 550 BC. There were a few random colonies founded after this time but not many and nothing really important, So (sadly?) we probably won’t have new colonies going forward. Its like if you were playing a video game the colonization phase is over and now its GAME ON!So… what’s going on in Carthage cuz that’s where that part of the game is going to be heating up between the Greeks and Carthagenians. This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020
  • 185. 540s BC part 1 - Greece

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    Now in the 540's BCE it's getting harder to break apart the regions of the world because they are getting more and more connected. But in this episode we can still just talk about Greece and two of its most important and well know cities: Athens and Sparta.In Athens will the third time be a charm? The "tyrant" Pisistratus comes back with mercenaries and invites his enemies for a nice breakfast. Let's see how that turns out!While in Sparta we have the Battle of the 300 Champions. There's going to be some serious PTSD going on here!We will also learn about legendary wrestler Milo of Crotone and his unreal feats of strength, the Olympics, and all the usual banter and insights you get from Fan of History!Please rate us on your favorite podcast app!!This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020
  • From the vault: Northern Europe 1000-500 BCE

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    From 2020. There is no WNIH this week so we figured we would present to you the episode Dan is most proud of in the entire history of Fan of History. Naturally the patrons on Patreon does not get charged anything for this rerun of episode 101.Archaeologist Reidar Magnusson, specialized in Northern Europe 1000-500 BC, joins Dan to talk about what was really going on in the North during the end of the bronze age. Reidar sheds new light from recent findings on this exciting era in the area. Hinduism-style burials, a gigantic battle among professional soldiers that nobody knows who they were, the death of 90% of the population by an unknown agent, the best bronzecrafting in the world and much, much more. Join us for a special episode when we go deep into the secrets of the late bronze age of the north. Full text below!This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.ArchaeologyAs there are no written sources that reliably describe any parts of northern Europe before the Roman expansions the material for this episode of the podcast in entirely based on archaeological finds and research. History, in the meaning of written sources, is available in Scandinavia from around 1000 A.D. In other parts of northern Europe a few hundred years earlier. Archaeology is a social science that use scientific methods for dating, provenance analysis, sample analysis etc. A lot of information can be determined from human bones, and DNA techniques gives even more opportunities, that presently are too costly to be used in any larger scale.The finds from settlements sites from this era are the covered post-holes from the longhouses and some hearths and storage pits together with some pottery, bones and occasional Iron tools. Graves from this period are for the most part discreet and seldom containing gifts. The keys to understand this period likely lies in the more special sites of the period, the bronze deposits, the heaps with fire-cracked stones and the occasional cult sites.  The end of the Bronze AgeDuring this period this part of the world to the most part transit between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Traditionally the break between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age take place around 500 B.C. in the Nordic Bronze Age culture but in reality iron have replaced the bronze for cutting edges around 800 B.C. A fact that even one of the pioneers in early Swedish archaeology, Oscar Montelius, confirms. In Britain and in rest of northern and central Europe, for example Hallstatt culture in Austria, the transit takes place around the same time. Iron-working have been known in these regions for several hundreds of years at that point. For example: the oldest evidences of Iron-working in present-day Sweden are from around 1100 B.C. Worth mentioning is that the oldest evidence for bronze working from the same region is just a few hundreds of years older.However, even if the changes in metal working does correlate with a shift in the society of the time it´s most likely not the cause of the change. And the introduction of iron does not diminish the use of Bronze in most cases. It´s relevant to question whether the transit from bronze to iron had any greater significance at all in a larger scale. Settlement patternsThe society of the time had a strong maritime focus. All settlements where situated in the vicinity of waterway, but often not directly by the shores. Settlements where almost exclusively single household farms, with a few exceptions that are perhaps hamlets. One example of that is Apalle outside today’s Bålsta in Sweden, that is the largest excavated...If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project onhttps://www.patreon.com/fanofhistory (and you don't get charged for reruns or even regular episodes of What's new in History)
  • 184. 550s BC part 7 - China

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    This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryLink to Spring and Autumn Annals for the decade with comments from The Zhuan https://docs.google.com/document/d/184uBU3XGF9NmH3zfeBz98xNAeBF_UY3Fv_6o0e5UdKk/edit?usp=sharingContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020
  • What's New In History with Daniele Bolelli

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    Bernie gets some help from the brilliant and talented podcaster Daniele Bolelli from "History on Fire" Podcast. In this second part of an AMAZING LiDAR survey of the Yucatan lowlands we discuss life in the "Pre-Classic" Mayan world.That, and the usual historical and philosophical observations found on What's New in History and History on Fire.This era is contemporary with such famous events in the Near East as the sack of the Elamite capital of Susa by Assyria, the destruction of the Temple of Solomon by the Babylonians, and the Greco-Persian Wars including the Battle of Thermopylae.We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Bernie did making it!Links:The Articlehttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hundreds-of-mayan-cities-and-towns-with-ball-courts-and-roads-discovered-in-lidar-survey-in-guatemala/The studyhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ancient-mesoamerica/article/lidar-analyses-in-the-contiguous-miradorcalakmul-karst-basin-guatemala-an-introduction-to-new-perspectives-on-regional-early-maya-socioeconomic-and-political-organization/31075DFA8ADBAA5E7C7320CA6DB93E5EAbout our guesthttp://www.danielebolelli.com/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniele_Bolellihttp://historyonfirepodcast.com/This is a podcast by Dan Hörning and Bernie Maopolski.If you like what we do you can support the Fan of History project on https://www.patreon.com/fanofhistoryContact information:http://facebook.com/fanofhistoryhttps://twitter.com/danhorninghttps://www.instagram.com/dan_horning/Music: “Tudor Theme” by urmymuse.Used here under a commercial Creative Commons license. Find out more at http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/40020