A huge episode. 43 minutes in length. It is a gigantic eagle’s fly around the world of Rome, and all lands that, sooner or later, will influence the Tale of Rome.
Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast.
The Tale of Rome, Episode 13 — State of the Union – 509 BC.
This is our first episode of the State of the Union, and just as many things that happened in Rome for the first time, this episode will have the honor and the duty to establish norms, styles, and other precedents for future editions of episodes of the State of the Union.
If you heard our last episode, you’ll know that this week’s episode will be a little longer, and we won’t have our Word of the Week segment.
So, let’s start right now, because we don’t have all day, and we have an eagle’s flight of many miles in circumference.
Our eagle’s flight is going to start in Rome itself.
We’ll see what is going on in Rome, Etruria, and Graetia Magna, which is the southern part of Italy.
From there, we’ll see the three large islands near Italy. Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia.
Then we’ll go to the north, and once we hit the Alps, we will give a gigantic clockwise turn, that will take us through all the parts that sooner or later will have an influence in the history of Rome.
We’ll see Dalmatia, Macedonia, Epirus, and Greece.
From there we’ll head over to Asia minor, and then to the lands of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, which at that time were under the yoke of the Persians.
Then our flight will take a sharp turn towards the sunset, towards Carthage and the northern coast of Africa, and then we will fly over the columns of the Gibraltar, which depending on whom you’ve read, were either opened or closed by Hercules himself.
This will take us back to Europe, where we shall see the peoples who inhabited what is now Spain and Portugal, and the Gauls. We will make a small detour to mention the British Isles, and from there we will return to Rome, flying over the villages of the Netherlands and Germania.
Finally, two small penalty shots, just for kicks: India and China.
What do you think?