While Rome Burns
Episode 212 - The Eastern Mediterranean After the Collapse

Episode 212 - The Eastern Mediterranean After the Collapse

December 16, 2021

The lands of the Eastern Mediterranean lay in ruins. The Kingdoms of the Hittites, Egypt, Alashiya and Greece lay in ruins or have been reduced in size and influence. The population has declined and the region is more fractured than it has been in centuries. Yet out of this destruction will flourish many new kingdoms, civilizations and people who will change the course of human history. In this episode we will briefly survey the civilizations that rose up in place of the kingdoms that fell at the end of the Bronze Age.

**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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Originally this season was going to be another 13 episode season, but due to the scarcity of the material, the many different theories and speculations present and the fact that so little is known about the Bronze Age Collapse, I was unable to make it span to exactly 13 episodes. So this is where our story ends for the year. But I will be back next July with another season of the show!

 

Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 211- Egypt Repels the Sea People

Episode 211- Egypt Repels the Sea People

December 2, 2021

Rameses the III waits on the banks of the Nile Delta. Before him is a sea of boats containing hordes of warriors known today as The Sea Peoples. A confederation of various peoples fleeing devastation in their own lands has brought that devastation to the peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean. Standing upon the banks, Rameses the III readies his soldiers and prepares for battle.

 

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 and follow us on twitter @RomeBurnsPod

 

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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

 

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

 

Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 210 - The Reasons for the Collapse

Episode 210 - The Reasons for the Collapse

November 18, 2021

The destruction that rampaged across the Eastern Mediterranean region during the end of the Bronze age around the 12th Century BCE was a world-shattering event with implications reaching into our modern day. But what were the underlying causes that led to the invasions and internal rebellions that caused the Bronze Age to come crashing down? Were the causes related to the environment? Economics? Disease? Famine? A combination of all of these? In this Episode, we will finally visit the theories that the historians in the field are actively debating as to the cause of the Bronze Age Collapse.

 

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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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com and follow them on twitter Link is in the description of the podcast. 

 

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 209 - The Collapse Begins

Episode 209 - The Collapse Begins

November 4, 2021

At the height of the Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean, it seemed like the civilizations in the region couldn’t have a better existence: food was abundant, trade was rampant, and the gods were pleased. It seemed as if the prosperity of the Bronze Age would continue on into forever. But as the winds of change began to flow over the near east, the entire world that these civilizations knew came crashing down. In today’s episode, we will explore the invasion of the Sea Peoples that started around 1,200 BCE and how this invasion accelerated the Bronze Age Collapse.

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.

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 208 - Elsewhere in the World

Episode 208 - Elsewhere in the World

October 21, 2021

We’ve been exploring the late bronze age in and around the eastern Mediterranean. But around the world, there were other magnificent civilizations with individuals living out their existences, oblivious of the activities going on half a world away. In this episode we will take a brief look at some of these civilizations from around the world. We will see how life was lived around the world while the Eastern Mediterranean fell into obscurity.

 

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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

 

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

Thank you so much for listening.

Episode 207 - The Mycenaean Greeks

Episode 207 - The Mycenaean Greeks

October 7, 2021

Many of us are introduced to ancient Greece through the works of Aristotle, Plato and Homer. We learn about the teachings of Socrates and the plays of Aristophanes as the foundations of classical Greek studies. Few really learn of the era that preceded Ancient Greece. This mountainous peninsula and collection of islands would play such a major role in the development of western civilization that it’s hard to believe it had such modest beginnings. As we look at the Mycenaean Greek culture it’s amazing to consider just how precarious their situation was during the bronze age collapse and how such a giant of culture could arise from the ashes.

 

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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

 

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

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.

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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

 

We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our next episode.

Thank you so much for listening.

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.

 

Background music provided by Monplaisir Music under a public domain dedication. Find more of their work at loyaltyfreakmusic.com

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**

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

Background music provided by Monplaisir. Find more of their work at Loyaltyfreakmusic.com

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.

Background music provided by Monplaisir. Find more of their work at Loyaltyfreakmusic.com

 

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