While Rome Burns
Episode 206: The Mystery of Alashiya

Episode 206: The Mystery of Alashiya

September 23, 2021

So far we have explored the most well documented kingdoms and empires of the ancient near east: The Hittites, Egyptians, and Assyrians. We have demonstrated how complex the political, economic and military networks were that tied these various powers together in the region and how these powers made up one of the world’s first known global network. Now our story takes us to an unknown land and a little known kingdom. A kingdom whose origins and even its physical location are a hotly debated topic by scholars and amateurs alike. Our story today takes us to the ancient kingdom of Alashiya.

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Relax…

And let me tell you a story…

While Rome Burns

 

**Episode Transcript**

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our work at 1upPodcasts.com

 

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work at Whyccan.artstation.com or contact him on twitter for commissions at twitter.com/Whyccan.

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Episode 205: Assyria Rising

Episode 205: Assyria Rising

September 9, 2021

An obscure city on the western banks of the Tigris river sits abandoned and in ruins today. Its stone arches and other scattered ruins are all that remain of a once thriving and populous city. It was from this city that a powerful nation state would rise up during the late bronze age to rival the powers of the Hittites in the North and the Babylonians to the South. In today’s episode, we examine the Middle Assyrian Empire in the late bronze age.

 

Sit back… Relax… And let me tell you a story… While Rome Burns.

 

**Episode Transcript**

 

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our work at 1upPodcasts.com

 

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work at Whyccan.artstation.com or contact him on twitter for commissions at twitter.com/Whyccan. That’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N.

 

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We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode. Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 204: Hittites- An Empire of War and Stone

Episode 204: Hittites- An Empire of War and Stone

August 26, 2021

An overview of the Hittite Empire and the power they wielded in central Anatolia during the Bronze Age.

**Episode Transcript**

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Episode 203: A Kingdom in the Desert

Episode 203: A Kingdom in the Desert

August 12, 2021

The Rise of the New Kingdom of Egypt and a brief overview of the history of Bronze Age Egypt.

 **Episode Transcript**

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work at whyccan.artstation.com or on twitter at Twitter.com/whyccan.

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Episode 202: The Law, The Gods and The Stars

Episode 202: The Law, The Gods and The Stars

July 29, 2021

In this episode we will explore some of the major cultural achievements of the bronze age: writing, legal codes, religion and astronomy.

 **Episode Transcript**

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Episode 201: A New Age

Episode 201: A New Age

July 15, 2021

This season our podcast will explore a single event in history by analyzing the technology, people, and situations that led to the late Bronze Age Collapse in the near east. We begin with a look at what defines the Bronze Age and what technology these civilizations had which contributed to the prosperity and success of many of these empires during this era.

 **Episode Transcript**

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Our next episode will release in 2 weeks!

Episode 113: The Rise and Fall of Agrippina the Younger

Episode 113: The Rise and Fall of Agrippina the Younger

January 3, 2021

We started this season with a look at the Great Fire of Rome and put forward some of the theories regarding whether or not Nero was indeed to blame for the Great Fire. We also covered the death of Nero and the end of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. We shall now end season 1 of While Rome Burns with a portrait of the woman who gave birth to Nero. We will take a look at her unlikely rise to power in the imperial court and her tragically sad downfall at the hands of her own son. Today’s story is about Julia Agrippina, also known as Agrippina the Younger.

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**Episode Transcript**

This concludes Season 1 of While Rome Burns. We will return in Summer of 2021 with 13 new episodes in Season 2.

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our shows, including the award-nominated Actual Play Podcast, Are We Dead Yet? At https://www.1upPodcasts.com/

Cover art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work by going to Whyccan.Artstation.com or contact him on twitter for commissions by going to https://www.twitter.com/whyccan that’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N.

Background music provided by Monplaisir under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at https://www.FreeMusicArchive.org/music/monplaisir and follow them on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/MonplaisirMusic. That’s M-O-N-P-L-A-I-S-I-R.

 

Thank you so much for checking out this show! We hope to bring you back for season 2! Have a safe and happy new year.

Episode 112: The Vespers of 88 BCE

Episode 112: The Vespers of 88 BCE

December 20, 2020

The ancient world was full of acts of Viciousness, barbarism, and cruelty. During war time, cities were burned, pillaged, plundered and their people were either butchered or sold into slavery. Human cruelty, it seems, is one thing that all societies have shared throughout time. One such instance of cruelty occurred in 88 BCE in the kingdoms surrounding the southern coast of the Black Sea. A tale of betrayal, murder, and unnecessary war awaits us. Today’s story is about The Vespers of 88 BCE.

Sit Back, Relax, and Let me Tell you a Story… While Rome Burns.

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our content, including transcripts, cast info, and more podcasts by going to 1upPodcasts.com.

 **EPISODE TRANSCRIPT**

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work by going to Whyccan.Artstation.com and contact him for commissions on twitter @Whyccan. That’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir under a public domain dedication from creative commons. Find them on twitter @Monplaisirmusic or at FreeMusicArchive.org/music/monplaisir

 

Our Final Episode of Season 1 will release in 2 weeks! Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 111: Saitō Musashibō Benkei 1155 - 1189 CE

Episode 111: Saitō Musashibō Benkei 1155 - 1189 CE

December 6, 2020

Today’s story is a story of a legendary warrior. A mountain of a man who was known for his ferocity, strength, and extreme loyalty. The story of a warrior, who did not let his devotion to his lord waiver, even when facing certain death. Our story is also about the period of history of Japan that this warrior found himself in and how he ultimately became entangled with one of the clans that would eventually rise to power. Today’s story is the story of Benkei Saito Musashibo.

 

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**Episode Transcript**

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our content, including transcripts, cast info, and more podcasts by going to 1upPodcasts.com.

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work by going to Whyccan.Artstation.com and contact him for commissions on twitter @Whyccan. That’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N.

Background music provided by Monplaisir under a public domain dedication from creative commons. Find them on twitter @Monplaisirmusic or at FreeMusicArchive.org/music/monplaisir

The next Episode will release in 2 weeks. Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 110: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius 79 CE

Episode 110: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius 79 CE

November 22, 2020

Few natural disasters are as terrifying as the eruption of a Volcano. Molten lava, pyroclastic flows, ash in the air, fires, and noxious fumes are all dangers that can impact civilizations all around the cataclysm, even miles away, towns and cities can be impacted. In 79 CE, the cities that occupied the areas around Mount Vesuvius had no idea what dangers were lurking deep in the Earth or what fate had in store for the people living in those cities.

Today’s story is about the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and how a once cataclysmic eruption led to one of the greatest preservations of Ancient Roman civilization the world has ever known.

Sit Back, Relax, and Let me Tell you a Story… While Rome Burns.

 

While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our content, including transcripts, cast info, and more podcasts by going to 1upPodcasts.com.

Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work by going to Whyccan.Artstation.com and contact him for commissions on twitter @Whyccan. That’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N.

Background music provided by Monplaisir under a public domain dedication from creative commons. Find them on twitter @Monplaisirmusic or at FreeMusicArchive.org/music/monplaisir

The next Episode will release in 2 weeks. Thank you so much for listening.

 

**Episode Transcript**

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