Dear friends!

I have sad news. Two days ago my mother, who is living in Croatia, fell into a coma, due to a stroke to her brain.

She is 78 years old, and I have received news from the hospital that the outcome is uncertain.

I am flying from China to Croatia (via Frankfurt) tomorrow, Sunday. My brother is on his way there as I write this, from Germany.

The launch of this podcast will be postponed for a few weeks, until I settle everything. And right now I don’t even know what do I have to settle, because only God knows how long this whole situation will last.

I do pray for a miracle, but I wonder if such miracles do happen in our times.

Since I did have a few episodes already recorded for the Spanish podcast (El Cuento de Roma), those will go on air tomorrow and next week.

The launch of this podcast is postponed to September the 30th, International Podcasting Day.

You are welcome to visit my Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/west4east if you feel like giving me (and my brother) words of support in this tough moment, but regardless, I will be keeping you all posted about my mother’s situation.

She lived three years in the US (with me), one year in China (also with me), 16 years in Argentina, some 25 years in Germany, and the rest… well, in Croatia.

Since my dad died, which was in 1990, she only ate bread and water. That’s 27 years now. The reason was that on the day my dad passed away (we lived on a farm in Argentina), he only ate some bread and had some water. He asked her to prepare some meal, and she told him she’d do it as soon as she’d be back from a short errand to the local market. When she returned, my dad was dead. She never stopped blaming herself.

I pray to GOD that they reunite in whatever better place there is up there (or out there), and that they don’t go through the pain we mortals do.

God bless you all!



Four hours after I wrote this, my cousin passed me the news from overnight. My mom had passed into eternal life, while sleeping.

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This is a sneak peek, not the launch of weekly episodes!

Episode 4 – Throne of Thunders, Episode 5 – Numa, the God Whisperer, and Episode 6 – Tullus Hostilius’ Holy Cow will be available on Sunday, August the 20th.

Episode 7 – Ancus Marcius Founds Ostia will be posted on August 22, the official Day of Launching.

Episode 8 – Tarquin the Elder will be available on Sunday, August 27, and from then on, every Sunday we will have one weekly episode.

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Hello all. Abel here, and I’d like to let you know that this August, I am launching a podcast with a novel-type-approach about ancient Rome. From its first days, until the end of the Empire.

Episodes will all be around 15 minutes in length, and I will publish them every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. That way, by Monday, episodes will be ready for listeners to commute with it.


Launch is set for August 22, 2017.

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

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Brief list of events and milestones before I can launch The Tale of Rome.

As a podcast hosted on WordPress (and Blubrry), I still need to do a ton of things. Plugins, mailing lists, and the like.

Blubrry and iTunes are take ncare of. Other places like Podbean, Stitcher and Spreaker will be taken care of early August. I also did the setup on iVoox.

Then, YouTube, right? Well, on YouTube I will be keeping the episodes three weeks behind, just like I am doing it here and here. The reason is that I prefer users to listen to a podcast, than to watch it.

Last but not least, I really want to build a small group of history enthusiasts around this podcast. I think that will come in time…

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 in August or September 2017)

Also, make sure to visit regularly this page.