State of the Union – 509 BC MAPS

—No other civilization has ever been Master of all the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

509 B.C. MAPS

Here are four maps that might help you have a better understanding of the world around Rome.

As I said in my Episode 13 – State of the Union – 509 BC, all four maps are related to the year of the Found if the Roman Republic: 509 B.C.


The Many Kingdoms of Asia Minor


Greeks in the South of Italy


The Western Mediterranean Sea


The Persian Empire

 

 

Episodes 13, 14, and 15

Episodes 13, 14, and 15 Announced

Here are the covers for our next three Episodes

A long special episode called “The State of the Union – 509 BC”

Rome mourned Lucius Junius Brutus for a whole year

An Etruscan king who came to the doors of Rome

Episode 12 in 48 hours

Episode 12 – The First Two Consuls, in 48 hours

The King has been forced to seek refuge in Etruria, and that son of his is dead. Who will the Roman Senate elect as their two very first Consuls-elect? Find out, in 48 hours.

Podcaster’s Coach

Podcaster’s Coach

Alexander Laurin interviews me

I was recently interviewed by Alexander Laurin, from Podcaster’s Coach as we were all excited to be working on the International Podcast Day show. Both Alexander and I were speakers at the #InternationalPodcastDay show, which was last September 30th (and every year on September 30th – hint, hint, mark your calendars!) and turned out to be an awesome festival with more than 13 countries and 50 speakers involved.

So, here is the interview Alexander Laurin so cordially invited me to, take a listen.

I want to thank Alexander Laurin, and let you all guys know that I am looking forward to more of this. More interviews, more festival, more fun, and more podcasts!

Thank you all!

14 seconds – The Tale of Rome

14 seconds – The Tale of Rome

The Tale of Rome is on Stitcher

The Tale of Rome is on Stitcher!

Thank you, @Stitcher, right in time for the #InternationalPodcastDay !

Episode 10 in 72 hours: The Worst King of Rome

The Worst King of Rome – Tarquin the Proud

Episode 10 of THE TALE OF ROME, in 72 hours.

As we get closer to the world’s most famous republic ever, we are about to kick out the worst king Rome ever had. Tarquin the Proud.

Double score for The Tale of Rome

Episodes 8 and 9 – in 48 hours

I’d like to announce a double score for this podcast. Come Sunday, you’ll have two new episodes, instead of one, to listen to:

Episode 8 – Tarquin the Elder, and Episode 9 – Killed by his own Daughter. Here are the covers:

That’s right, I’m working very hard to get the two podcasts on the same page, even though the Spanish language podcast, EL CUENTO DE ROMA is still 19 episodes ahead.

See you all, this Sunday evening!

Also, on EL CUENTO DE ROMA, we’ll have Episodio 26 – El Estado de la Unión – 390 AC., which means that we have half a year’s worth in the bag, there. I mean, 52 weeks is one year, right? So the, 26 is half a year…

The World of Rome around 400 BC

The World of Rome around 400 BC

The superpowers of the time: Greece, Persia, and – on a minor scale, Carthage.

This map is self-made, using Adobe Fireworks. If you want to have the original PNG file of this image (2621 x 1414 pixels, with all the layers, styles and fonts), just leave a nice comment here. I’ll send you the file in less than a day.

Episode 6 in 24 hours

Tullus Hostilius’ Holy Cow

The third King of Rome. Was he the reason Rome got so big, or was he just another bully of the classic world?

We analyze his life and death, and his view of the Roman gods. And of course, we get to see how he pissed them off so badly, they decided to fry him. Literally. All this, in some 24 hours!

Latin WOTW: turpis

 

Latin WOTW: pullus

Latin WOTW: nisi

Latin WOTW: ex

Episode 22 coming to El Cuento de Roma in 24 hours

Tito Livio y Virgilio

Episode 22 of the Spanish podcast El Cuento de Roma,
Tito Livio y Virgilio” is coming in 24 hours!

Here is our future English version counterpart.

In both The Tale of Rome, and El Cuento de Roma, every 22nd episode will be a BIOGRAPHY episode.

And this time I chose Livy and Virgil

Enjoy!

My mom fell into a coma

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!

Abel

UPDATE:

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

 

20 Days to Launch

20

That’s right. Twenty days to the official launch of The Tale of Rome.

And so, before the end of August, you’ll have the following episodes available online, to go with your commute, break-time, or group discussing material.

Throne of Thunders

(August 20)


Numa, the God Whisperer

(August 20)


Tullus Hostilius’ Holy Cow

(August 20)


Ancus Marcius Founds Ostia

(August 22)


Tarquin the Elder

(August 27)

 

I will try to set up a LIVE event on YouTube on August 22nd, 11 PM (Beijing time), which would be 11 AM on the East Coast, and 5 PM in Europe.

Since I have ZERO experience in setting these LIVE events on YouTube, I can tell you that anything can happen, but I hope to have an hour-long chat on YouTube with whoever goes here on that day, at that time:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-G4DAjVwV16boMThyzFcKQ/live

 

We are on iTunes

Yay! This time it took me only 24 hours to get approved by Apple Podcasts.

Link provided by Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/cn/podcast/the-tale-of-rome/id1263330345?l=en

Please subscribe if you have iTunes.

Sneak Peek for The Tale of Rome

The Tale of RomeTime for a Sneak Peek

I am less than 30 days away from launching the English version of this podcast. Its Spanish language counterpart – “El Cuento de Roma” is thriving in Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina and all over Latin America.

So, it’s time to let you guys hear the first three episodes of this novel-slash-podcast in English.

And the time is now!

I will be releasing the first three episodes of the The Tale of Rome this very week.

Not as an official launch, just as a sneaky-sneaky-peek.

The Tale of Rome

Here are the Covers of these Three Episodes

Once Upon a Time

Immaculate Conception

Roman M Seeking F

 

So, this week I will give you a shout over Social Media, to let you know that these three episodes are ready to have a listen to.

Thank you, all!

Abel A. Kay

 

Episode 18 coming to El Cuento de Roma in 48 hours

The Twelve Tables

Episode 18 of the Spanish podcast El Cuento de Roma,
The Twelve Tables” is coming in 48 hours!

Here is our future English version counterpart.

It’s finally time to make the laws of Rome available for everyone to know. And even though most Roman didn’t read, they knew those tables:

Punishment for killing an intruder during nighttime? None.

Daytime? You had to bring him to a magistrate. Alive.

If you threw an unaimed weapon into a crowd, the punishment was a ram.

If an apple from your tree fell onto your neighbor’s ground, the apple was his.

Shaving on a daily basis for men was not mandatory, but you couldn’t face a magistrate for a case of yours without shaving properly. This law was demolished 600 years later. Thank you, Emperor Adrian!