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***If you ever feel sad because there isn't a new THOAG podcast episode currently for you to listen to, well you are in luck, because here is a massive list of all of the various history podcasts that I recommend. By clicking on the title of each podcast it will take you to their website (or iTunes page if they don't have a website that I could find). As a notice of warning, my historical interest (naturally as I'm a classicist) is in the ancient and late antique world. While I am familiar with all of world history (relatively-speaking), at least in terms of being able to teach a general survey course in high school/college, I almost completely lose interest in terms of the nitty gritty details after the early modern period, so there aren't many recommendations here for anything after the 17th century. I also haven't listened to every episode of those listed but I have listened to enough that I feel comfortable recommending them to you all. Do not be angry if I haven't listed your podcast here. It's probably because I haven't listened to it yet or it just slipped my mind. If you want me to listen to your podcast to include it here or have any podcast recommendations for me, feel free to comment below or send me an email/reach me on social media.***


Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules, are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

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Sebastian Major discusses the myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths. Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened.

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Tanner Campbell narrates culture and history through storytelling, and Nico composes original and culturally-inspired soundscapes for the stories

Roxanne Ferreira tells the mythologies of the world in internal chronological order with a side helping of literature and culture.

MythTake (ongoing)
Alison Innes & Darrin Sunstrum take a fresh look at an ancient Greco-Roman myth by discussing what the ancient sources have to say for themselves

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Peter Struck of the University of Pennsylvania focuses on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. He also pays some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths and investigates a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.

Classical Mythology (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University explores Greek and Roman mythology, with particular reference to some core narratives and themes, such as heroes, monsters, the sexual conduct of gods and mortals, conception and birth, fire, images of the underworld, and life after death. Sources dealt with include epic poetry, drama, painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural remains.

Jeff Wright gives a serialized telling, in contemporary language, of the myriad stories from Greek mythology that together comprise the greatest epic of Western culture: the story of the Trojan War. All the great characters from Homer's Iliad are here - Achilles, Helen of Troy, Odysseys, the Olympian Gods - and all the famous moments from the story - The Trojan Horse, the Judgement of Paris, and Achilles' Heel. Episode after episode, Jeff delivers a conversational, addictive performance.

Watching Troy Fall: The Podcast (completed)
Jeff Wright anticipates and then reviews the BBC and Netflix joint production Troy: Fall of a City.

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Odyssey The Podcast (ongoing)
Jeff Wright gives a serialized telling, in contemporary language, of Homer's Odyssey. Each episode features a continuation of the story arc, followed by engaging commentary on the social, cultural, and political contexts helpful to maximizing your fun with Homer's story.

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M.C. Williams tells the stories of cultures around the world in all of their original, bloody, uncensored glory. Modern tellings of these stories have become dry and dusty, but M.C. tries to breathe new life into them. These stories are NSFW.

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Let's Talk About Myths, Baby!  (ongoing)
Liv Albert is a mythology geek who tells the stories of different Greek and Roman myths in an honest, liberal, millennial way. She discusses the mythology's treatment of women, the associated patriarchy/rampant misogyny, and the all around incredible minds of the ancient Greeks and how they came up with this stuff--Gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everything in between.

Mythunderstood: A Greek Mythology Podcast (ongoing)
Paul Bianchi sits down with his best friend and comedic writing partner Sarah Oliver to teach her everything there is to know about Greek Mythology.

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Mythology (ongoing)
Vanessa Richardson of the Parcast Network 
Myths endure for a reason. This episodic audio drama brings ancient myths to life for the modern audience. Each episode presents exciting stories and analysis of each myths history and origins, giving insight into how our ancestors saw the universe.

Ancient Heroes (ongoing)
Patrick Garvey attempts to solve the most baffling mysteries of the ancient heroes, both real and mythical.

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Janell Rhiannon shares how her research in her adult mythology series informed major plot structures and the various surprises that cast new light on old (and new) Trojan War characters. Her ultimate goal is to elevate the female voices of the Trojan War era, bringing a wider female audience to a genre that is most typically geared toward masculine perspectives.

Paul Vincent journeys through the myths and history of Ancient Greece and Rome, in a manner suitable for the whole family.

Paul Vincent retells the famous legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, and many others, in a manner suitable for the whole family.


Itinera Podcast (ongoing)
Scott Lepisto interviews classicists from all walks of life to discover how they became interested in the Greco-Roman world, who influenced them, and how their careers evolved.

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Coffee and Circuses (ongoing)
David Walsh chats to a range of people about their interest in the Roman world: how did they end up working on it? what projects are they engaged in at the moment? where does the study of the Roman world go in future?

The Mirror of Antiquity (ongoing)
Curtis Dozier of Vassar College features portraits of classical scholars that blend storytelling and academic research. Guests explore how their work on ancient Greece and Rome helps them understand the contemporary world and their own lives.

Jessica Hughes hosts a series of Classicists talking about their research into ancient Greek and Roman culture.

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Jean Menzies explores antiquity from its history to its place in today's world

Learn Ancient Greek (completed)
Leonard Muellner (Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Brandeis University) and Belisi Gillespi present all the content covered in two semesters of a college-level Introduction to Ancient Greek course.

This podcast is a resource for students and anyone interested in Latin poetry. It is based on reading, translating, analyzing, and interpreting Roman poetry.

Latin Poetry Podcast (suspended?)
Christopher Francese of Dickinson College reads aloud, translates, and discusses a series of short Latin passages.

The Endless Knot (ongoing)
Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram converse between themselves, as well as hold interviews with writers, academics, musicians, playwrights, and more about history, etymology, literature, cocktails, and education--and the strange and surprising connections between all of them.

Ray Belli looks at how words change over time. Each episode explores the evolution of a single word, as a way of understanding history, culture, religion, and society.

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Lexitecture (ongoing)
Ryan Paulsen and Amy Hanlon talk about the words in the English language that fascinate them the most at the moment, looking at their histories and origins and trying to piece together just how they got to where they are today.

Doug Metzger gives an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes.

Kevin Stroud tells a chronological history of the English language, as examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.


Rob Monaco sets out to tell the history of our world from the Big Bang to the Modern Age!

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The History of the World Podcast tells the incredible story of the human history of the world.

Will Webb sets out to provide a complete liberal arts education in podcast form.

Western Civ (ongoing)
Adam Welsh traces the development of western civilization, starting in the ancient Near East through Greece and Rome, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history.

Fan of History (ongoing)
Dan and Brennan discuss the events of ancient history all over the world, decade per decade, starting at 1000 BC and moving forwards. Learn all about the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the mighty Pharaohs and the great kings of the Zhou Dynasty and more.

Anthrochef, History of Food (ongoing)
Holden Wilson explores the history of food.

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Clear and Present Danger (ongoing)
Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great firewall.


The Layman's Historian (ongoing)
William Hubbard discusses interesting periods of history that a layman would appreciate. 

Historyteller Podcast (ongoing)
Ahsan Irfan focuses on weaving true tales from ancient sources with contemporary archaeological data to give a true historical storytelling experience

Nitin Sil explores events that forever changed the course of world history.

Rob Sims uses character-focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. He dives into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them.

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Kings and Generals (ongoing)
David Schroder takes you to the events, the times, and the people that shaped our world; Mongol Invasions, Napoleonic Wars, Diadochi Wars, Rome, and the Cold War. Every part of your life--the words you speak, the ideas you share--can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories?

Historical Figures (ongoing)
Carter and Vanessa bring history to life, telling unexpected anecdotes, describing the real personalities behind big names, and examining each individual's lasting impact on the world.

Giants of History Podcast (ongoing)
JT Fusco explores history's most fascinating figures from cradle to grave. 

Charlie focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due.

Neil Eckart dives deep into history and discusses the details of stories too violent and crazy for the textbooks and documentaries.

Niall and Cathal created a neural network to crunch a database of statistics and use them to discuss the best military commanders from Egypt, Persia, Greece, Carthage, Rome, etc.

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James Boulton tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history. Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men, yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female pharaohs, warrior princesses, and pirates, to revolutionaries who sought to topples the male-dominated political systems of their day.

Queens Podcast (ongoing)
Katy and Nathan pair cocktails with amazing women in history. They discuss female rulers throughout history who handled their business and slayed.

Undressed Historia (ongoing)
Margot Collins in each episode takes one woman from history and discusses her life and impact. Why were certain women remembered a specific way, and should their legacy be different from what popular history dictates?

The History Chicks (ongoing)
Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider discuss the other half of the population, the extraordinary women from the last several thousand years of history. 

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Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson tell the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Through compelling interviews with guest historians, writers, and scholars, Katie and Olivia bring to life the “lost” women of history. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What’sHerName restores women’s voices to the conversation.

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Katie Jermain takes us time traveling through women’s history, era by era, to explore their lives and their world, immersing ourselves in their lived experience. We’ll walk with women through their everyday lives, uncovering both the mundane and the bizarre. We’ll discover how they were expected to meet society’s demands to better understand all the ways they subverted them. We’ll go questing for the women behind the famous names we think we know, and meet ladies you’ve probably never heard of.

Dan Carlin, journalist and broadcaster, takes his "martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian), but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration, and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.

History on Fire (ongoing)
Daniele Bolelli, author and university professor, discusses where history and epic collide.

Tides of History (ongoing)
Patrick Wyman helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is. Everywhere around are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray, and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak, and how we raise our children.

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Paul Cooper discusses the fall of civilizations through time.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss historical themes, events, and key individuals.

***Andy Keen made a list of Classics-specific episodes on his blog here***

Zack Twamley covers the build up to, break out of, and consequences of various wars throughout history, with a focus on diplomacy and international relations.

Footnoting History (ongoing)
From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite footnoted stories from across history, because the best stories are in the footnotes.

The Feast (ongoing)
Laura Carlson presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. She immerses you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal.


Brandon Huebner takes a chronological look at maritime history and its numerous facets. Beginning with ancient history, the podcast looks at trade, exploration, boat and ship-building, economics, and the relationship between the ocean and the development of society and culture throughout history.

Craig Buddy tells the history of Pirates.

Guillaume Lamothe tells the story of history's great explorers, from the early classical voyages of exploration to modern times.

The Explorers Podcast
The Explorers Podcast (ongoing)
Matt Been looks at the lives and accomplishments of the great explorers in history.


Discussions from Ancient Warfare Magazine; why did early civilizations fight? Who were their generals? What was life like for the earliest soldiers? Ancient Warfare Magazine sets out to answer these questions and much more.

Discussions from Ancient World Magazine; a group of ancient historians and archaeologists share engaging and well-researched information about the ancient world.

Scott Chesworth tells the story of the first human civilizations to around 500 BC.

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Join Dr. David Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at Penn, Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, and curator of the Tutankhamun exhibitions on a guided tour of the mysteries and wonders of this ancient land. He has developed this online course and set it in the galleries of the world famous Penn Museum. He uses many original Egyptian artifacts to illustrate his lectures as he guides students as they make their own discovery of this fascinating culture.

Dominic Perry describes the land of Egypt as they described it, as they knew it. Its a tale of love, war, exploration, and culture, told through the eyes of the ancients themselves.

Eric Wells talks of pharaohs, magic, mummies, and pyramids---sorry, no aliens.

The History of Iran (suspended?)
Khodadad Rezakhani tells the story of Iran from the earliest time (ca. 3000 BC) to the 20th century.

Trevor Culley tells the history of Persia and the great empires that ruled modern Iran before the rise of Islam. He begins with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between, exploring the cultures, militaries, religions, successes, and failures of some of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

Vivek Vasan gives a history of India and South Asia from the Stone Age to modern times.

Echoes of India: A History Podcast (ongoing)
Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing and as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.

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The Silk Road History Podcast (ongoing)
Nathan details the history of the Silk Roads, Central Asia, and beyond.


Ancient Art Podcast (ongoing)
Lucas Livingston explores the art and culture of the ancient world. Each episode he chooses a single work from the Art Institute of Chicago as a launchpad for inspiration. He unpacks the stories, history, myths, and culture from antiquity through a modern lens and with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Looted (ongoing)
Zoe Kontes uncovers the hidden stories of ancient artifacts and their journeys in the illicit antiquities trade.

The History Fangirl Podcast (ongoing)
Stephanie Craig interviews guests about historic places for history lovers and travel enthusiasts.

Drew Vahrenkamp visits the Wonders of the World, from the Pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. He discusses the history of each place and the story of those who lived there. He also covers travel notes, examines what else to see while you're in the area, and digs into the local cuisine.


Chris Mackie & Gillian Shepherd of Latrobe University introduce the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. They provide a detailed treatment of the Trojan war, which is narrated in detail in epic poetry, drama, and in art and architecture. They explore how myths are "read" in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars.

Gillian Shepherd of Latrobe University deals with the cultural history of the ancient Greek world through both textual sources and the material evidence of art and archaeology. The period covered runs from the world of Archaic Greece through to the late Classical Period (roughly from the 8th-4th centuries BC). Historical texts are combined with literary sources and archaeology to explore the physical nature of ancient Greek cities and social issues, such as the position of women, ethnicity, sexuality, and slavery in the ancient Greek world.

Donald Kagan of Yale University provides an introduction to Greek history, tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the Classical Period.

The Ancient Greeks (free course module)
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University surveys ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, he considers broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.

Susan Suave Meyer of the University of Pennsylvania traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece (Part 1).

Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors (free course module)
Susan Suave Meyer of the University of Pennsylvania traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece (Part 2).

Darby Vickers sets out to create a history of Greece from the Paleolithic to Diocletian.

Lantern Jack transports you to Ancient Greece and back with some good conversation along the way, as he sails the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics include archaeology, literature, and philosophy.

Jamie Redfern looks at the life of Alexander the Great, from his birth in Macedon to his conquests at the edge of the world.

A podcast covering the period known as The Hellenistic Age (323-31 BC).


The History of Rome (completed)
Mike Duncan traces the history of Rome, beginning with Aeneas' arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

The Tale of Rome (ongoing)
Abel Kay narrates ancient Rome and its history from the founding of Rome in the year 753 BC until the fall of the western Roman Empire in 476 AD.

Roman Lives (suspended?)
David Andrews looks at Rome's rise and fall through the eyes of the men and women that made it. From Romulus to Caesar and Augustus to Constantine, Roman Lives takes you into the world of Rome's most important individuals.

Jamie Redfern follows everybody's favorite Carthaginian general, Hannibal, throughout his campaigns, as well as looking at the Punic Wars at large.

Alan Keith and Lucas Murphy focus on the life & times of one of Rome's greatest generals.

Fiona Radford and Peta Greenfield discuss, spar, and laugh their way through different aspects of the Roman world.

A podcast on random musings from the Classical world, as Neil dig arounds ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual.

A podcast where the wild, forgotten, and vilified figures of the ancient Mediterranean have a chance to redeem themselves… or not.

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Genn McMenemy and Jenny Williamson detail true stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

Darius Arya Digs (ongoing)
Roman archaeologist Darius Arya lifestreams on site as he explores history underneath the pavements of Rome, throughout Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean with you.

Roman Art and Archaeology (free course module)
David Soren of the University of Arizona provides an overview of the culture of ancient Rome beginning about 1000 BCE and ending with the so-called "Fall of Rome". He looks at some of the key people who played a role in Rome, from the time of the kings through the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. He also focuses on the city of Rome itself, as well as Rome's expansion through Italy, the Mediterranean, and beyond.

Roman Architecture (completed)
Diana Kleiner of Yale University introduces the great buildings and engineering marvels of the Roman Empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now north Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa.

The Roman World (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University introduces the society, literature, and art of ancient Rome, through a study of its major historical and literary figures, such as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Virgil, and Ovid. She looks at Rome's place in the ancient Mediterranean world, and its connections with ancient Greece and other cultures, such as Egypt and Gaul, which in turn shaped Roman culture.

Epics of Rome (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University explores Ancient Roman epic poetry, the most prestigious literary genre which deals with grand mythical narratives involving heroes, gods, war, and love affairs. Texts discussed are Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, as well as others.

Emperors of Rome (ongoing)
Rhiannon Evans & Matt Smith of Latrobe University look at the rulers of the Roman empire.

When in Rome (ongoing)
Matt Smith discusses places and spaces in the Roman Empire.

Rob and Jamie take a lighthearted look into all of the Roman Emperors as they rank them one by one. How well did they fight for the empire? How crazy were they? What did they look like, and most importantly: do they have a certain Je na Caesar?


Christine Hayes of Yale University examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. Special emphasis is placed on the Hebrew Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Garry Stevens showcases the latest research in the archaeology of Israel and Judah, the findings of biblical criticism, and studies in early Israelite religion. In series one, he follows the Israelites to the Exile, discussing the history in each book, and how each book is located in history. In series two, he continues the story, from the return to Jerusalem to the emergence of Christianity and the travels of St. Paul.

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The Good Book (ongoing)
Rachel is reading the Bible for the first time. Aisling is along for the beer. They're both non-believers, reading the Bible from an academic, non-religious perspective. In each episode, they'll discuss a section of the Bible and its themes and implications over a beer.

Fall and Rise of Jerusalem (free course module)
Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University; the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile were a great catastrophe in the history of the Jewish Nation. What really happened during that dark, fateful age, and how did new opportunities arise from the ashes?

Steven Fine of Yeshiva University explores one of the most significant Roman monuments to survive from antiquity, from the perspectives of Roman, Jewish and later Christian history and art. The Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor Titus in 70 CE, an event of pivotal importance for the history of the Roman Empire, of Judaism, of Christianity and of modern nationalism.

Kyle Harper of the University of Oklahoma explores the first five centuries of Christian history and in particular the ways that Christian history intersects with the history of the Roman Empire. He relates how the "gospel" would have been heard in the first century world of the empire, how the relations between Romans and Jews influenced Christianity, how Christian theology developed alongside Greco-Roman philosophy, and how a persecuted minority became the state religion of Rome.

Dale Martin of Yale University provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes occupy many of the episodes, he does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, he focuses on the differences within early Christianity.

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New Testament Review (ongoing)
Laura Robinson and Ian Mills discuss influential works of New Testament scholarship.

Philip Harland explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity, including the New Testament.

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Not Theology. Not pro this or anti that. Just how world history intersects with Christian history.

Stephen Bedard looks at the history of Christianity, beginning with John the Baptist down to the present time.
Terry Young tells the story of Christianity from 30-451 AD, covering the Apostles, Bishops, Saints, Monks, and Martyrs from Pentecost to the Council of Chalcedon.

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Pontifacts (ongoing)
In this light-hearted, only slightly blasphemous podcast, Bry and Fry go through the lives of all the Popes from Peter to Francis and rank them based on very valid and not subjective at all categories to determine which Pope was the dopiest Pope that ever Poped.

Stephen Guerra details the biographies and interesting facts of the popes of Rome. It starts in the beginning but does not go straight through to the present day, as there are many side tracks and detours along the way.

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Jonathan Adly explores the history of Egypt from the Romans to the Muslims, specifically looking at the development of the Copts as an ethnographies-religious group.

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History of Arabia (ongoing)
Hamani tells the history of the Arabian Peninsula.

Amine Tais gives historical surveys and current discussions about culture, religion, and politics in Muslim settings.

Peter Adamson takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". The series looks at the ideas, lives, and historical context of the major philosophers, as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

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Toby Buckle interviews philosophers and public figures. Politics, ethics, meta ethics, human rights, religion, atheism, liberalism, and republicanism.

Samuel Hume looks at the belief in magic, sorcery, and witchcraft throughout recorded human history.

Travis Dow looks at the history of alchemy and it's influence on scientific thought.

Dr. Chad Davies examines the history and philosophy of scientific inquiry.

Ritual (ongoing) 
Savannah Marquardt discusses how humans make patterns of meaning in a maddening world. The rituals she will discuss span centuries and civilizations. They will run the gamut from the ornately performative to the relatively mundane. Season One focuses on the quest for immortality and how we cope with our expiration dates.


Paul Freedman of Yale University details the major developments in the political, social, and religious history of western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam, the Arabs, the "Dark Ages", Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

Patrick Wyman talks of barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging, and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history, and Patrick relays this to listeners.

The Rhine (ongoing)
Joe Rigodanzo tells stories from the chaotic frontier between Rome and the "Barbarians" that would become Europe's fault line. He charts the rise of the Roman Empire, its fall in the West, and the reverberations that led to centuries of conflict between France and Germany.

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Podcast on Germany (ongoing)
Jacob Collier covers aspects of culture, politics, military, gender, and day to day life from when we first have findings for the archaeological records all the way to modern day on Germany.

Travis Dow tells the history of Germans.

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Gary Girod  traces the history of France from 3 million years ago to present.

Thugs and Miracles (ongoing)
Benjamin Bernier looks back at 1500 years of history, as seen through the eyes of the kings and queens of France

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David Cot focuses on the history of Spain and narrates following a chronological order.

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Joshua Hirschmann delves into the history and misconceptions of the Barbarian hordes of antiquity.

Lars Brownworth takes an engaging look at the history of the Byzantine Empire through the eyes of 12 of its greatest rulers.

Robin Pierson tells the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476-1453 AD.

Andy Bones examines the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius, conqueror of North Africa and Italy, and the last great Roman general.

Elias Belhaddad examines the history of Islam, beginning with the state of the world just before the advent of Islam.


Joseph Hogarty magnificently creates a history of Europe in video from ca. 300-1460.

Carl Rylett examines European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards, he describes to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology, or fortune, but the aim of each main narrative is to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.

The Medieval World (ongoing)
The podcast explores fun and interesting pieces of medieval history.

Gary transports you back to an age of heroic kings, gallant knights, and pious bishops. He separates fact from fiction to find out how those of the Middle Ages really lived. 

Aron Miller talks about the different historical characters, kings, political regimes, and themes in the European Medieval period.

Medieval Death Trip (ongoing)
This podcast features a selected medieval text (often historical, occasionally literary) that touches on the odd, the gruesome, the unexpected, and similarly curious incidents, images, or images.

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A narrative history podcast following the journeys of medieval travelers and their roles in the historical events. Telling great stories, showing the interconnected nature of the medieval world, and meeting Mongols, Ottomans, Franciscans, merchants, ambassadors, and adventurers along the way.

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Mike Corradi covers the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, through the unification of Italy in 1861 to the present day.

Lee Accomando covers the history of Scandinavia during the Viking Age, by exploring raiding, trading, and settlement of Scandinavians abroad, as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.

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Noah Tetzner retells the history of the Vikings and the gods they worshipped.

Lars Brownworth takes an engaging look at Norman France, England, and Italy.

Jamie Jeffers gives a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people.

David Crowther retells the chronological history of England from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day.

Sharyn Eastaugh examines the history of the Crusades from 1095 onwards.

Ben Hill examines the greatest land empire ever created.

The Timur Podcast (ongoing)
James D covers the life, conquests, character, and legacy of the infamous Timur the Lame

Lynn Perkins covers the history of the Ottomans, from their humble beginnings in the late 12th century until their fall in the early 20th century.

Denis Byrd examines the art and artists of the Renaissance.

Benjamin Jacobs aims to cover the birth of the European state system. Along the way, he delves into the geography, economy, politics, ideas, and culture of the Early Modern period to give the listener a view into the lives of the people who lived the events.

History of the Atlantic World (ongoing)
Jesse Wuest weaves a tale spanning more than 500 years that begins with Christopher Columbus and ends with the modern world. Main topics include conquistadors, revolutionaries, escaped slaves, and pirates.

Steve Fogle details the life of Martin Luther and the events of the Reformation, as well as the events, personalities, and inventions of the 15th and 16th centuries, along with the impact of all on the history and politics of Germany, Europe, Western Civilization, and the practice of religion, including the overall effect on Christianity.

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Pax Brittanica (ongoing)
Sam Hume gives a narrative history of the empire upon which the sun never set. Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Pax Brittanica will follow the people and events that created an empire that dominated the globe.


  1. This is such a useful guide - so many wonderful podcasts to listen to, and so little time!

    1. I can definitely agree, which was a real I started to make a list so that I wouldn't forget them!

  2. Other brilliant podcasts series for you to listen to and recommend would be these following Asiatic centric podcasts.

    History of India by Kit Patrick

    History of Japan by Isaac Meyers (topical, not chronological order) -

    History of China by Chris Stewarts ( chronological order)

    The China History Podcast by Laszlo Montgomery (among my top 3 favourite podcasts of all time)

    Laszlo also created two sister podcasts series, one focusing on 'Chinese Sayings'

    and lastly 'China Vintage hour'