Episode 2.7 - Clovis

Clovis united the Franks and helped solidify them as the dominant power in northwestern Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. He created the first Kingdom of France and also helped built out what would becomes Charlemagne's Empire.

Sources

  • Bernard Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization, 1972
  • Ralph Mathison, Clovis, Anastasius, and Political Status in 508 CE, 2012
  • Charles Oman, The Dark Ages, 476-918, 1898
  • Ian Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms 450-751, 1994

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Episode 2.6 - Zhang Qian

Zhang Qian was sent by the Han Chinese emperor to enlist the help of a distant nation in war against a common enemy. Zhang was unable to form an alliance, instead, he formed the relationships and pathways that led directly to the silk road, connecting China to the west and, eventually, to Rome.

Sources:

  • Sima Qian, Shiji (Records of the Grand Historian), 1st Century BC
  • Friedrich Hirth, "The Story of Chang K'ien, China's Pioneer in Western Asia: Text and Translation of Chapter 123 of Ssi-ma Ts'ien's Shi-Ki," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1917
  • Cambridge History of China, Volume 1, Chapters 2 and 6, 1986
  • Xinru Liu, Journal of World History, Migration and Settlement of the Yuezhi-Kushan: Interaction and Interdependence of Nomadic and Sedentary Societies, 2001
  • Walter Perceval Yetts, "Chinese Contact with Luristan Bronzes", The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, August 1934

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Episode 2.5 - The Diadochi Part 5 - Seleucus, Ptolemy and the End

The surviving diadochi, Ptolemy and Seleucus, continue to battle with their neighboring Hellenistic Kingdoms. Their empires, as well as the Kingdom of Macedon, continue on for more than a century, before decline and eventual destruction at the hands of the Romans

Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
  • Arrian, Events After Alexander
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Episode 2.4 - The Diadochi Part 4 - All Against Antigonus

Antigonus rules all of Asia, but chasing out Seleucus giving Ptolemy and the others an opportunity to check his power

Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
  • Arrian, Events After Alexander
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Episode 2.3 - The Diadochi Part 3 - Eumenes and Antigonus

After the death of Perdiccas, Antigonus chases Eumenes halfway across the empire. Meanwhile, in Greece and Macedon, a fight begins over Antipater's position after he dies

Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
  • Arrian, Events After Alexander
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Episode 2.2 - The Diadochi Part 2 - Perdiccas and Eumenes

Perdiccas uses his role as the regent to the Macedonian kings to try to consolidate power. But the other Diadochi - Ptolemy in Egypt, Antipater in Europe, and Antigonus in Anatolia -  have plans of their own

Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
  • Arrian, Events After Alexander
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Episode 2.1 - The Diadochi Part 1 - Partitions and Alliances

The Diadochi were the successors to Alexander the Great. Upon his early and surprising death, with no obvious heir, his leading generals fought over his empire.

Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Episode 2.0 - Returning for Season 2

The Almost Forgotten Podcast is returning! A new episode is coming soon (hopefully first week in January). 

This season, instead of one person per episode, the first 5 episodes will be about 5 almost forgotten people who all played a major part in the same story...

After that, the remaining episodes for the season will single episodes about almost forgotten individuals

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Episode 1.10 - John III Sobieski

John III Sobieski was a Polish general who became king, stopped the last great Ottoman push into Central Europe, and saved his country numerous times

Sources:

  • Miltiades Varvounis, Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe
  • The New Cambridge Medieval History, Ch 22 & 28
  • The New Cambridge Modern History, Ch 8 & 12

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Episode 1.9 - Hayreddin Barbarossa

Hayreddin Barbarossa was a Turkish pirate who helped expand the Ottoman Empire west, turned from corsair to admiral, built the Ottoman Navy, and helped change the balance of power in the Mediterranean.

Sources

  • Ernle Bradford, The Sultan's Admiral
  • E. Hamilton Currey, Sea-Wolves of the Mediterranean
  • Islands and Military Orders, c.1291-c.1798, Ed: Simon Phillips
  • Kenneth Setton, A History of the Crusades

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Episode 1.8 - Paramesawara

Parameswara was the last prince of a once-mighty empire that went on to found a powerful maritime, trade-based kingdom

Sources:

  • The Malay Annals
  • Tomé Pires, Suma Oriental que trata do Mar Roxo até aos Chins
  • William J. Bernstein, A Splendid Exchange
  • Philip D. Curtin, Cross-Cultural Trade in World History
  • The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, Ed. Nicholas Tarling

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Episode 1.7 - Enrico Dandolo

Enrico Dandolo was a Doge of Venice who helped usher in several centuries of Venetian dominance in the eastern Mediterranean, and the destruction of the Byzantine Empire.

Sources:

  • Thomas Madden, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice
  • Roger Crowley, City of Fortune
  • Jonathan Phillips, The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople

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Episode 1.6 - Otto the Great

Episode 1.6 is about Otto the Great. Otto I was the King of Saxony, King of East Francia, and eventually, the Holy Roman Emperor. His re-establishment of the Empire set it on a path to essentially be a continuous empire for the next 1,000 years.

Sources:

  • Timothy Reuter, Germany in the Middle Ages c. 800-1056
  • James Westfall Thompson, Feudal Germany
  • Karl Leyser, "The Battle of Lech. A Study in 10th Century Warfare", History
  • Karl Leyser, "Ottonian Government", The Journal of Historical Review
  • Gerhardt B Ladner, "The Holy Roman Empire of the Tenth Century and East Central Europe", The Polish Review

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Episode 1.5 - Emperor Wen of Sui

Episode 1.5 is about Yang Jian, Emperor Wen of Sui, or, Sui Wen-di. Emperor Wen unified China for the first time in 300 years, since the great Han Dynasty. In doing so, he helped to usher in 6 centuries of unified and ascendant China.

Sources:

  • The Cambridge History of China, Ed. Denis C. Twitchett
  • Ann Paludan, Chronicle of Chinese Emperors
  • Victor Cunrui Xiong, Historical Dictionary of Medieval China
  • Charles Holcombe, Southern Integration: The Sui-Tang (581-907) Reach South
  • Denis A Graff, Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300-900 AD

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Episode 1.4 - Zenobia

Episode 1.4 is about Zenobia, a Syrian queen who helped defend Rome against Persian invaders, before declaring her own kingdom and pulling 1/3 of the Roman Empire away for a time.

Sources:

  • Historia Augusta
  • Gary K Young, Rome's Eastern Trade
  • Alaric Watson, Aurelian and Third Century
  • Appian, The Civil Wars
  • Mike Duncan, The History of Rome Podcast

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Episode 1.3 - Mithridates the Great

Episode 1.3 is about Mithridates the Great, who created an empire to rival that of Rome itself, and was called by Cicero "The greatest king since the time of Alexander the Great"

Sources:

  • Adrienne Meyer, The Poison King, The Life and Legend of Mithridates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy
  • Cassius Dio, Roman History
  • Appian, Mithridatic Wars

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Episode 1.2 - Chandragupta Maurya

This episode is about Chandragupta Maurya, founder of India's biggest empire for 2000 years, and grandfather of Ashoka the Great

Sources:

  • Purshottam Lal Bharcave, Chadragupta Maurya
  • Radhakumud Mookerji, Chadragupta Maurya and His Times
  • Megasthenes, Indika

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Episode 1.1 - Marcus Furius Camillus

Welcome to The Almost Forgotten! The first episode of the podcast is about the Second Founder of Rome: Marcus Furius Camillus. Hope you enjoy!

 

Sources:

  • Livy, The History of Rome
  • Plutarch, The Parallel Lives - The Life of Camillus
  • http://www.livius.org/

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