List of Episodes
Episodes are around 15 minutes in length. Every 13th episode is called a SOTU (State of the Union) episode, and it is a little longer. There are also Christmas episodes, Biography episodes, and Birthday episodes.
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Aeneas leaves Troy, stays in Carthage for a while, and later navigates to Italy. There, he joins the forces of King Latinus. Later on, Ascanius founds Albalonga.
Romulus and Remus are born, grow and help their grandfather Numitor to retake Albalonga’s throne. Afterwards, they found Rome.
Romulus takes care of setting up an army and a Senate. Also, he makes sure of getting wives for his new Roman citizens.
The last years of Romulus, and his legendary departure. Also, some personal opinions and comparisons between the histories of the birth and growth of the US, Argentina, and Ancient Rome.
Numa Pompilius is elected as the second King of Rome. He created the temple of Janus. Religion flourishes in the city, and peace reigns supreme.
Tullus Hostilius, the third King of Rome abandons Numa’s peaceful attitude, and returns to war. Later on, the Romans destroy Albalonga.
Ancus Marcius, the fourth King of Rome, tries to go back to Numa’s ways, but fails. He founds Ostia, the port of Rome, though. Lastly, we begin with the Tarquin dynasty.
Son of a Greek refugee. Knowledgeable in mathematics and philosophy. City planner and power player. Warrior and diplomat. Yes, Tarquin the Elder was all that. Moreover, he even became the first Etruscan King of Rome.
In the end, no walls, no census, not even changes in Rome’s army could save the life of the sixth Roman King. He was killed by his own daughter Tullia for the most common of all reasons, and with the most uncommon of all partners in crime.
The beginning of the end of the Etruscan Kings in The Tale of Rome. Also, a mysterious Sybil offers nine books to Tarquin the Proud, the last King of Rome. The world’s best known Republic is on our doorsteps.
The stupidity of Sextus Tarquin. The siege of the city of Ardua. It’s the end of Tarquin’s reign, but not the end of his life, and of Rome’s headaches. We’ll also see how Rome beat Athens (barely), when it comes to a little, nifty word: democracy.
We’ll see who the two very first consuls of Rome were. They were elected for a year only. Both failed to rule for that first year of Rome’s republic.
In a special, double-length episode, we make an eagle’s fly over all the nations that deal (or will deal) with Rome, and we take a look at the world in the year 509 BC.
14 – Life and Death of Junius Brutus
Junius Brutus, his interesting life and untimely death. Some solved mysteries, and some questions still unanswered. Rome mourned him for a whole year.
15 – King Lars Porsena
During the first years of the republic, Rome was invaded, conquered and taken by King Porcenas. But we’ll also hear the Roman historians’ version of that, and hopefully know what exactly happened.
16 – The battle of Lake Regillus
Cloelia’s heroism. King Lars Porsenna’s farewell. A threat on the shores of lake Regillus. A threat so big, that Rome installs a dictator for the first time, in order to survive its institutional infancy.
17 – The Conflict of the Orders
Seems like a whole new topic, but that’s nothing new to the Romans: internal struggles between their social classes appear every time, and as soon as there was no threat from the outside. But this time, they went overboard.
18 – The Twelve Tables
Finally, laws that can be seen, touched, and learnt by heart. And that’s exactly what illiterate people, as well as lawyers do all over Rome. They recite their brand-new laws, compiled in Twelve Tables by heart.
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