🎧 The Ancients

🎧 The Ancients

A podcast for all ancient history fans! The Ancients is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Featuring interviews with historians and archaeologists, each episode covers a specific theme from antiquity. From Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome. Hosted by Tristan Hughes.

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🎧 The Ancients
  • 🎧 Babylon

    One of the most famous cities in history - Babylon is shrouded in mystery and myth. Located in ancient Mesopotamia, now modern Iraq, it was one of the epicentres of ancient culture, architecture, and the home of famous figures such as Hammurabi. But what do we actually know about Babylon - and wh...

  • 🎧 The Great Serpent Mound

    Located in the US State of Ohio, the Great Serpent Mound is an iconic monument of Ancient America. Nearly 1,400 feet long, and 3 feet high - it's hard to miss. But what do we actually know about this prehistoric colossus, and why was it constructed?

    In this episode, Tristan is joined by Dr Brad ...

  • 🎧 The Parthenon

    The unofficial 8th wonder the Ancient World, the Parthenon is still standing today. Located on the Acropolis in Athens, towering above a busy, modern metropolis - it's a symbol of the city's long standing ancient past. But why was this monumental structure built? And what do we really know about ...

  • 🎧 Orkney: Centre of the Stone Age

    Orkney, a group of islands off Britain’s north coast, famed for their stunning, rural scenery. But 5,000 years ago, during the Neolithic Period - or β€˜New Stone Age’ - it was a completely different story.

    Back then, these islands were rich in stunning art and architecture. A great centre of the S...

  • 🎧 The Kings of Rome

    This episode contains references to sexual assault and suicide.

    When you think of Ancient Rome, you don't often associate it with the idea of a Monarchy. But long before the likes of Julius Caesar, Augustus, or even Nero - Kings ruled over the land. Specifically - seven of them. But what happene...

  • 🎧 Hephaestus: God of Fire

    This episode contains references to sexual assault and terms for groups which were classified that way at the time.

    Hephaestus, son of Zeus and Hera, is the God of fire and foundry in Greek mythology.

    He is the only god with a disability, a part of his identity that becomes a double-edged sword...

  • 🎧 The First Writing

    The results of a groundbreaking new study were released today [January 5th] by a group of researchers who believe they have conclusively decoded the earliest known form of proto-writing. Dating back to the Palaeolithic era, this combination of abstract markings and ice age art, decorating over 60...

  • 🎧 First Britons

    67 million people currently inhabit the United Kingdom - but what do we know about the original, first Britons? It's no secret when looking back into pre-history that it was a time of mass migration for animals and people alike, but who were our early inhabitants, and what can we learn about them...

  • 🎧 The Rise and Fall of Crassus

    Often overshadowed by his more successful peers (anyone heard of Julius Caesar?), Crassus' rise and fall from power is that of legend. A Roman General, Statesman, and once called the 'Richest Man In Rome', Crassus' power and influence is undisputed. But how did Crassus come to obtain such power, ...

  • 🎧 Hammurabi: Rise of the Babylonians

    2000 BC saw the famed city of Babylon begin to flourish under the rule of a King called Hammurabi. Renowned for his famous law code, the stele of which still survives today, is there anything else to be learnt about this mysterious figure?

    In this episode Tristan is joined by Professor, and auth...

  • 🎧 Hera: Queen of the Gods

    Hera, the wife and sister of Zeus, goddess of marriage, royalty and women, is the Queen of the Gods in Greek mythology.

    Despite her seat of power, she is an often maligned figure, typically characterised as the jealous and vengeful wife of Zeus due to his extramarital affairs and illegitimate ch...

  • 🎧 Carausius: The Pirate King

    With ancient Rome often being viewed as a mighty, impenetrable empire - it seems unlikely that one man, let alone a pirate, could ever bring this empire to it's knees. Yet that's exactly what Carausius, posthumously dubbed the 'Pirate King', did. Striking when Rome was already weak and without it...

  • 🎧 Bethlehem

    Most famously known as the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem has been immortalised in texts, carols, and imagery across history. But prior to the arrival of Jesus and the nativity, Bethlehem had a vibrant, and unexpected, history. Located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Bethlehem was home to f...

  • 🎧 Uruk: The First Cities

    A Mesopotamian metropolis that thrived for millennia, Uruk is even claimed by some to have been the first true city in history.

    Located in modern day Iraq, Uruk was certainly among the oldest urban settlements of the ancient world, and has been a treasure trove of archaeological finds. But was i...

  • 🎧 Alexander the Great: Man and Myth

    Alexander the Great is one of the most famous figures from history. Legends and fantastical versions of his life were told almost immediately upon his death, often merging fact with fiction. Through his interaction, both good and mad, with so many different empires and societies, Alexander the Gr...

  • 🎧 The Legacy of Tutankhamun

    Since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the phenomenon of β€œTutmania” has continued to capture the worlds imagination on an unprecedented scale. From innovative museum exhibitions that took the phrase 'blockbuster' to a new meaning, to SNL sketches and collectable mem...

  • 🎧 Rise of the Etruscans

    Situated in the North of Italy, the Etruscan's were once a powerful civilisation, dominating the Italian peninsular. Predecessors to Ancient Rome, the Etruscans excelled in trade, art, and sculpture, surviving for centuries from the early 1st Millenia BC until their fated clash with the Romans. T...

  • 🎧 The Valley of the Kings

    On the west bank of the Nile, across from the ancient city of Thebes, lies the Valley of the Kings - the final resting place of several Pharaohs and their families.

    The valley is a 1,000 ft wide wadi [valley] that was utilised as a royal burial ground by three dynasties of the New Kingdom for ov...

  • 🎧 The Tomb of Tutankhamun

    In November of 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter, thanks to benefactor Lord Carnarvon, discovered the untouched tomb of Tutankhamun. Otherwise erased from history, the tomb of this 18th Dynasty Pharaoh would go on to change the world. Undoubtedly cited as one of the greatest archaeologica...

  • 🎧 The World's Earliest Cave Art

    200,000 years ago in what is now Tibet, two children left a set of hand and foot prints on a travertine boulder, still identifiable today and is thought to be the earliest example of cave art.

    In today’s episode, Tristan Hughes is joined by Dr Sally Reynolds from the University of Bournemouth, w...

  • 🎧 Zeus

    Zeus, the chief deity, is the Olympian god of sky and thunder. He is king of all other gods and men, and the key figure in Greek mythology.

    His tale is one of overthrowing fathers, eating babies and seducing women, both mortal and divine, by changing his own form. He's one of the most complex fi...

  • 🎧 Tutankhamun

    Tutankhamun is one of the most famous names in ancient history. Known as the 'Boy King', he ascended the Egyptian throne at the age of 9 and ruled for just under a decade. In this time, there's evidence of his sporting activities, his religious restoration, and even his penchant for an ancient Eg...

  • 🎧 Ukraine's Ancient Greek City

    Located in modern day Ukraine, Olbia was the largest ancient Greek settlement on the coast of the Black Sea. A mix of Scythian and Greek culture, Olbia interacted with settlements and cultures across the ancient world.

    In this episode, Tristan is joined by Dr Owen Rees to talk about the fascina...

  • 🎧 Colosseum

    Nicknamed the 8th wonder of the ancient world, the Colosseum still stands in splendour today. Located in the heart of Rome, nestled at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, neighbouring the ancient Roman Forum - the Colosseum is nearly 2000 years old. But who is responsible for this colossal amphithea...