The Tale of Rome podcast.

Every Tuesday. It’s the history of Ancient Rome, mixed with a family that we will follow–generation after generation, for some 1000 years.

Pick your favorite episode here.

The Tale of Rome

Hello all. Abel here, and I’d like to let you know about my podcast of ancient Rome, written with a novel-type-approach. From its first days, until the end of the Western Roman Empire.

Episodes will all be around 20 minutes in length, and I will publish them every Tuesday evening (Beijing time, where I live since 2010).


The Tale of Rome is officially open, as of September 30th, 2017.

The Spanish version of this podcast has been airing since April 21st (Rome’s birthday!) of this year.

The Tale of RomeWhat’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 it. 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 an hour or so.

Then comes converting files, uploading and sending the whole thing to the world. Then I get a beer to congratulate myself.

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The Tale of Rome episode structure

As mentioned above, episodes will be around 15 minutes long. In my opinion, 15 to 20 minutes is the ideal length. Personally I hesitate to start listening to a podcast chapter when I know it’s an hour long, while my drive to work is only 30 minutes.

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. 20 seconds, max. But, sometimes I will be forced to add stuff here, such as if I made a mistake in my last week’s episode. So, I’ll use that time to correct such mistakes.

Latin Word of the Week

Every week I will be posting a word, or phrase, in Latin, and I’ll be giving you a week’s time to guess the meaning of the word. Trivia style. Just for fun.

Answers of the Latin Word of the Week in next week’s episode.

But people who visit this site will get to see the answer right away. It’s a small way to attract you to see my site. And-hey, the site is cool. I do good graphics!

This part is  usually two minutes long, since here you will always hear me spelling out the URL to this site.

Episode content

It’s show-time!

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 gong, or so.

Famines, earthquakes, and other big events will have musical cues as well. And, of course, my personal comments, too. 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 Monday. Then, the usual good-bye greeting. That’s about it.

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The Tale of Rome Links

Please visit these two sites in the meantime:

El Cuento de Roma (Spanish version of this podcast, airing since April 2017)

话说罗马  (Chinese version of this podcast, launching sometime early 2018)

Also, make sure to visit regularly this page.