Podcast The Tale of Rome

Hello, my name is Abel. I am the producer and host of The Tale of Rome, a new podcast of ancient Rome, with a somewhat different point of view. Structured like a story, narrated like a novel. Weekly episodes of some 20 minutes.

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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 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.

That being said, you’re probably getting by now, I’m doing this for free. Enjoy!

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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.

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 are always given in next week’s episode.

This part is  usually two minutes long.

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 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.

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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.