The Tale of Rome – now on 喜马拉雅FM

The Tale of Rome – now 喜马拉雅FM (Himalaya FM)

The Tale of Rome – Himalaya FM & iTunes

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And our Next Episodes Are

Episode 16 – The Battle of Lake Regillus

Episode 17 – The Conflict of the Orders

Episode 18 – The Twelve Tables

Episode 19 – The Battle of Mons Algidus

Episode 20 – Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

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



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!

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.

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 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.


20 Days to Launch


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:


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 17 added to El Cuento de Roma

Here is the cover of Episode 17 of my Spanish language podcast,
El Cuento de Roma: El Conflicto Patricio-plebeyo.


iTunes | Stitcher | iVoox | Spreaker | TuneIn | PodomaticYouTube

Length: 19 min 10 sec
Language: Spanish
File size: 8.78 MB

And this will be the equivalent cover of the English version:



A podcasters’ workday

A podcasters’ workday

Here is a screenshot of what a normal morning looks like when I am dedicating my time to podcasting. Imagine coffee on the side, plenty of post-it notes, and a paper notebook.
Little Arwen has just been taken to kindergarten, so it’s quite silent…

Today, it’s time to clean three audios for The Tale of Rome, and one audio for El Cuento de Roma.

  1. Noise Removal:Get Noise Profile, then Remove Noise
  2. Compression:  Threshold -15 to -20
  3. Equalize: Bass Boost and Treble Boost
  4. Normalize:  -1 Decibel
  5. Hard Limit:  -4 Decibel
  6. Normalize again: -1 Decibel


Episode 16 added to El Cuento de Roma

Here is the cover of Episode 16 of my Spanish language podcast,
El Cuento de Roma: La batalla del Lago Regilo.

iTunes | Stitcher | iVoox | Spreaker | TuneIn | PodomaticYouTube

Length: 19 min 57 sec
Language: Spanish
File size: 9.14 MB

And this will be the equivalent cover of the English version: