History in the Making
By Rob Sims
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HITM uses character focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. We dive into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them. This is social evolution and biography wrapped in storytelling. This is History in the Making. HITM is currently in Season 1. Season 1 covers much of the classical age of Greece including the “invention” of democracy, the Persian Wars, politics of Pericles and Themistocles, the Golden Age, the Peloponnesian Wars, and much more.
||CleanLiving, Breathing History in Ancient Athens||Living, Breathing History in Ancient Athens is the talk I gave at the Sound Education conference in November 2018. Listen to it a audio only version of it right here.||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Epilogue with Dr. John Hale||Today we welcome Dr. John Hale to the show, author of the book Lords of the Sea. It is a compelling look at the history of Athens, largely from the seat of a rower’s bench behind an oar. The New York Times has called Dr. Hale an intellectually series||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Epilogue with Dr. Melissa Lane||Today we welcome Dr. Melissa Lane to the show, author of the book The Birth of Politics. Her book was the final straw in convincing me to start the show and centers around eight political ideas, what they meant to the Greek and Romans, and why they matt||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Legacy||Athens leaves us their legacy in the Season 1 finale. https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1604.html||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: A Splendid Rope||The Peloponnesian War comes to a sudden and unexpected end. The defeated will face the fate the victor thinks it deserves. We witness both timid and brutal approaches to war and are forced to ask: Is there a difference between acting cruelly out of desp||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Liquidation||More than twenty years into the Peloponnesian War Athens has given nearly everything to the fight, but more is required. Sparta requests peace but Athens refuses and looks for more resources to continue the war. While Athens scrounges for money, Sparta||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Resurgence||Athens is broke. The sole hope for retaining its empire rests in their fleet of triremes at Samos. To make matters worse a Spartan fleet, supported by a Persian army and Syracusian ships, has wedged itself into the Hellespont, the crucial route by which||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Traitor is Such an Ugly Word||After the disaster of the Sicilian Expedition, the largest defeat in the history of Athenian Democracy, the whole Mediterranean world expected Athens to fall. Refusing to surrender the Athenian assembly accepts previously unthinkable changes in order to||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Echoes of Glory||Nicias and Alcibiades have both gained political power but can’t push past the other. The gridlock is broken when representatives from a Sicilian town show up asking for help and offering to foot the bill for Athenian assistance. In a rapid escalation||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: That Leviathan||Nicias and Alcibiades struggle for control of Athens after a power vacuum appears. The back and forth leads to an Athens that pursues no grand strategy but plays a game of rapid, hectic tactics. All of Greece is swept up in political pinball as the trad||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: They Created A Desert||Bolstered by a recent victory, Athens follows Cleon further into war in hopes of achieving absolute victory. There are many areas where victory is needed. Once back on the streets of the city we meet Socrates who is busy asking everybody he can irritati||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: The Hanging Shield||After many years of a brawler fight something has to give. A daring general in Athens considers new strategies while playwrights bring the full weight of the ancient press (the theatre) to bear in criticizing the war. Meanwhile, Greece watches as the im||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Fear, Fate and Power||Fear and anger can convince us to do terrible things. It is often only once we take time to collect ourselves that we see how outrageous our actions were. As the first few years of the Peloponnesian War preserve a violent stalemate some people in Athens||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Bonus - The Funeral Oration||Things get beautiful around minute 15. At a funeral, we discuss what makes a life worth living and, in doing so, we reveal the things we truly value. This is the bonus episode of Pericles’ Funeral Oration delivered in 431 BC after the end of the first||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: The Olympian has Fallen||Athens and Corinth take the preemptive measure of fighting a battle to avoid a war. This works about as well as it sounds. A series of conferences afterwards determine the fate of Greece. Speeches are made, ships collide and the gods reconsider their re||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: The Shrinking World||The Greek world is getting smaller. Athens and Sparta are the sole dominating powers in Greece and cities are forced to consider what sides they will choose. The grandeur of Athens continues to allure as their wealth and power are demonstrated at the 4||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Helen of Athens||A lone woman comes to Athens. In a span of six years she somehow becomes a household name. Meanwhile, Athens tries to find some more permanent peace solution with Sparta as they face rebellions across their territory. The first existential threat that A||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Ascension||Are you tired of being in Athens’ alliance? No one cares. Athens develops various carrots and sticks to make friends and keep rebellions in check. The return of Cimon means Athens once again begins to dominate the sea as only Cimon knows how to do. At||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Linchpins and Puppeteers||Democracy reaches its peak in Athens as the city reaches east to Egypt and war at last breaks out with Sparta. The power of Athens’ version of the Supreme Court is partially dissolved and returned to the people in the lower courts. Since we don’t ha||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: The Groundwork of an Empire||Athens swells into an economic powerhouse and plays with the idea of trying on an empire. Many of the most powerful men in Greece are reshuffled during the growing pains as rumors of corruption begin to circulate. Finally, we drop down into Athens to me||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: The Leagues and an Extraordinary Gentleman||Before there was the Roman Empire there was the Roman Republic. Before the Athenian Empire, there was the Delian League. Greece is split down the middle and as Athens grow more and more powerful they start a starting contest with Sparta. This episode co||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Plataea||This special, full-length episode frames the Battle of Plataea with voting practices of the ancient world. As it turns out, voting in Sparta was quite similar to going to a football match. Things get violent in the climax of the Persian Wars. This episo||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: No Half Measures||We all have that friend who is over the top reckless, but they have nothing on Themistocles. Themistocles gambles it all in the culmination of his genius, the Battle of Salamis. He then makes sure nobody can forget about it. We touch on Greek religion a||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Shattered Timbers, Shattered Spears||The full force of Persia is directed against Greece. A fragile Greek alliance attempts to withstand the blow at the Battle of Thermopylae. Meanwhile, Themistocles maneuvers the resulting political fallout while making allies, old and new. We also examin||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: The World Reshuffled||The gloves come off. Themistocles and Aristides face off in the Assembly. Distant scuffles between Athens and Persia flame up into full scale war. The Persian wave crashes on the beaches of Marathon while Athens, with the small town of Plataea, brace to||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Persia Stirs||An emboldened Athens sails across the Aegean to support revolts against Persia. In doing so they eventually gain the undivided attention of the world’s superpower. The international troubles drive a cunning and battle-hardened leader back to Athens, M||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Entanglement||International politics suck a willing Athens into tangling with Persia while Sparta considers converting the Athenian government by force. With all this at stake, the political juggernauts of Athens come to the front as Themistocles and Aristides face o||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: The Spartan Legacy||Sparta is more than spears, although there are also plenty of spears. We wade through the murky history of Sparta while watching their migration into Greece. As much as we think of Spartans as Greek, they claim their heritage from the north… and from||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Demes and Demagogues||Democracy emerges in clear view from the shadows of history but not everybody welcomes it. The various political sides of Athens try to find a governing balance while threats of civil war force reform though rumors, coups, and occasional theatrics worth||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: The Athenian Shield||Greece, as we recognize it, begins where the Dark Age ends. We meet some of the earliest known reformers that drop the first hints of democracy in reaction to the stresses of coming out of the Dark Age. This episode covers approximately 1200 BC – 594||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
like hard core history but...
... but i don't feel intimidated by rob. dan carlin, or whatever, sometimes comes off as a apologist for historical violence. this podcast however explains without defending.
History(/Athens) Come to Life
Wow, loved how Sims takes you into the moment in History... placing you into the very politics, struggles, fears, and literal seats of the Athenian rowers and citizens. I ‘binge-listened’ to every minute up to the present. Looked for another historical podcast after but found nothing like it. Thank you Rob Sims for helping me appreciate the thrills and tragedy of truly unchecked democracy. Helps me more fully appreciate the Supreme Court and the Bill of rights and all the other shields of justice our present societies “enjoys.”
Awesome History Podcast!
History in the Making is one of my favorite history podcasts! The host is passionate, knowledgeable, and a delightful presenter! This podcast is well worth a listen!