History podcasts

I've become addicted to listening to (other people's) podcasts, especially on history. It turns out there are now good series on many topics with more emerging all the time. I like most the ones that follow the template laid down by the History of Rome, which is probably the most influential of all history podcast series. This is the template I follow myself: take a historical subject, start at the beginning and tell it in installments in great detail. That podcast finished with the demise of the Western empire but has been continued by the (in my opinion equally excellent) History of Byzantium. These by the way make good historical background for HoPWaG. Unfortunately no one has yet launched a History of Islam podcast, which someone really should. But there are good medieval history ones, I have just been getting into History of the Crusades which is witty and very accessible (maybe a bit basic at first but gets more detailed and interesting as it goes). The British History podcast is also excellent, very detailed and often funny, and has covered ancient Britain and early medieval Britain so far. Then Lars Brownsworth has done an earlier podcast on Byzantium (good but not nearly as detailed as the more recent History of Byzantium one) and now a podcast on the Normans, which I like. Less related to the periods I've reached is a podcast on WWII which seems to be very popular and is extremely detailed. Finally, check out the facebook group for history podcasters which has links to many more - but these are the ones I've been managing to listen to myself!

João's picture

Many thanks for this

Many thanks for this information. Unfortunately the links are all broken. I think you have to put an "http://" in front of the urls, otherwise they will just point back to your site.

Dyami Hayes's picture

Thanks for the suggestions!

Thanks for the suggestions!

Dyami Hayes's picture

All the links are broken As

All the links are broken As Joao mentioned ;)

Peter Adamson's picture

Oops, sorry about that!

Oops, sorry about that! Thanks for pointing it out, I have fixed the links and Joao's diagnosis was correct.

Stacy's picture

Thanks for the list. I've

Thanks for the list. I've been listening to The History of Rome together with your podcast and it has been very useful to get the bigger picture. (Love your podcast BTW!) Another good one which is taking the same "without any gaps" approach is The Podcast History of Our World (http://podcasthistoryofourworld.blogspot.com). He takes a bit of a more multi-disciplinary approach, mixing in a lot of literature and mythology. So far he is only up to ancient Greece, but it's very entertaining.

Zeke's picture

I don't know of any Islamic

I don't know of any Islamic history podcasts, but I do know of this one: http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/. I Haven't listened to it much though, so I couldn't say how good it is.

Peter Adamson's picture

Thanks, I actually know of

Thanks, I actually know of both of those podcasts too and started on the History of our World one - I didn't like it quite as much as some others just because it seemed a bit less detailed (I felt like I knew a lot of what he was saying). On the other hand I think one should always go through 5-10 episodes before making up one's mind, it takes a while for podcasters to get into a good and stable rhythm (I feel my Presocratic episodes aren't as good as later ones, in fact). I haven't checked out the Ottoman history one though perhaps I should, as I warm up to cover philosophy in the Ottoman empire in a few months.

Carol Andersen's picture

I can't believe I actually

I can't believe I actually missed the History of Byzantium - usually I pounce on anything like this! So I now have nearly 30 episodes to catch up, but with a 20+ hour plane flight coming up in a few weeks that should present no problem...
Thanks for the heads-up about these podcasts.

Yannick Kilberger's picture

I've been to the history of

I've been to the history of Rome and listened to this episode :


Did you and the narrator grow in the same part of the world?! The way you talk, the rhythm are so alike it is incredible.

Are you sure you are not leading a double life Peter?

Peter Adamson's picture

Ha! Well, I don't know where

Ha! Well, I don't know where he's from - though I vaguely recall that he moved to Texas while he was making that podcast. I grew up in Boston. Anyway it's a great honor to be compared to Mike Duncan in any respect!


Erik Stadnik's picture

I *just* finished a

I *just* finished a binge-listen of 'The History of Rome' and came over here to explore, since I remember you (Peter) tweeting about various other excellent history podcasts. And I hit the mother-lode! Thanks so much--both for this and the *amazing* education you're giving so many, myself included, of course.

Peter Adamson's picture

Great, thanks! If you liked

Great, thanks! If you liked THoR I also recommend Mike Duncan's new series, Revolutions.

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