Episode 1 – Once Upon a Time
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.
Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China.
Welcome to the Tale of Rome, Episode 1 — Once Upon a Time.
Rome was founded in the year 753 BC, but to start our tale we need to do two things:
ONE—I want to tell you a bit about this podcast, as a project, and TWO—we need to travel a little bit back in time. Some 500 years back, to the twelfth century BC.
To the Trojan War, to be more exact.
Alright, let’s go with ONE, and let me sum up this podcast in exactly three sentences.
I was born in what once was called West Germany, and being fond of the history of both China and Rome, I began writing historical fiction novels, one of them being set in Roman Egypt during the latter part of the 2nd century AD.
I soon realized I needed more research to write my book, and after going through many other books, documentaries, maps, and podcasts, I decided I had to create my own account of what actually happened before I could continue with my writing.
Knowing that podcasting was a totally new field to me, I first decided to delve into a narration of the story of Rome in Spanish language—a language I acquired in both Miami and Argentina, while always keeping an eye set on an English version of the same podcast, once the time was right.
So, here we have it. Three sentences.
The Spanish podcast is LIVE since April, and this—the English version, is coming to the world right now, as you are hearing me speak.
And I guess, by now you know where my accent comes from, even though I lived for almost half my life in the States.
And yes, I do live in China now, but that is stuff for some other footnote, in some other episode.
I also like to say that I started podcasting as a way to talk about the things I like to talk about, such as ancient Rome.
Now, let’s go with TWO. Let’s go to the last years of the Trojan War.