Hello, my name is Abel. I am the producer and host of The Tale of Rome, a podcast of ancient Rome with a somewhat different point of view. Sometimes politically incorrect, and sometimes (yep, sometimes) spot on. Structured like a story, narrated like a novel.
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What’s in it for me, with this podcast?
Nothing, really. I do it because it’s fun.
If you read my article about writing here, you will probably understand why somebody ends up being willing to spend time listening to other podcasts, reading ancient books written by Livy, Virgil and others, and then spend hours writing down the outline of a weekly episode.
Then it comes to taping what I wrote. I use Audacity, and that’s the least time-consuming part of it all. Polishing my breathing pauses, my bouts of cough, my clicks, and my ticks takes me another hour, or so.
Then comes converting the files, uploading, and sending the whole thing to the world. Then I get a beer, to congratulate myself.
The Tale of Rome episode structure
As mentioned above, episodes will be around 20 minutes long. Here is the structure of a typical episode:
Greetings, and such. Episode number and name.
If I am somewhere that’s not in Beijing, China – well, you’ll hear about that in the very first sentence.
Then comes a really brief review of last week’s episode. 30 seconds, max.
Every episode I will be posting a word (or phrase) in Latin, and I’ll be giving you time until next episode to guess the meaning of the word. Trivia style. Just for fun.
Of course, this is the best part of the whole episode. This is also where the most editing happens afterwards.
By the way… If there is a battle, or a death of a king, emperor, or some other important ruler, you will hear a musical cue to it. Some temple gongs, trumpets, and stuff like that.
Famines, earthquakes, and other big events will have musical cues, as well. And, of course, my personal comments. After all I am trying to make a point in my story, right?
Simple outline of next week’s episode, and a point or a question for listeners to chew on, until next week. Then, the usual good-bye greeting. That’s about it.
The Tale of Rome Links
El Cuento de Roma (Spanish version of this podcast)
话说罗马 (Chinese version of this podcast)
Also, make sure to visit regularly the episodes page. All episodes listed there, with a brief synopsis, and important links.