The Ancient World

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The Ancient WorldThree Great Series.

THE ANCIENT WORLD, THE ANCIENT WORLD - REDISCOVERY and THE ANCIENT WORLD - BLOODLINE.

Show host, researcher, writer and narrator Scott Chesworth takes a broad view of the very early development of human society from the earliest civilizations down through to the Greeks and Romans.

He started with a cozy 12-episode outline figuring it would run around 3 months - famous last words!

Scott Chesworth

It is now THREE epic series! Join us on these exciting journeys!

THE ANCIENT WORLD

The series that started it all! A whirlwind tour covering the very first human civilizations down through 500 BC in (around) 30 episodes.

THE ANCIENT WORLD - REDISCOVERY

Round out your understanding of the ancient world with this series, which covers the rediscovery of all these ancient civilizations in the modern era. From the Rosetta Stone to Assyrian cuneiform, and from the Great Flood to King Tut, enjoy the stories of the adventurers and scholars who unlocked the secrets of the distant past

THE ANCIENT WORLD - BLOODLINE

Did you know that Mark Antony and Cleopatra had a daughter? That she became Queen of the North African Kingdom of Mauretania? That her son became a trusted Roman client king, and her granddaughter became Queen of the Syrian Kingdom of Emesa? Follow the story of this famous (yet historically-neglected) bloodline, as it passes through the Syrian Emperors of Rome to culminate in the great conflict between Rome and Palmyra.

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The Ancient World Show Archive:

Episode T9 - Tryphon

Friday 9th August 2019

Synopsis: The Seleucid rebel Diodotus Tryphon uses Thea and Alexander Balas’ young son, Antiochus VI, to capture most of Syria. Though paralyzed at home, Demetrius II embarks on a bold plan to challenge the conquests of Mithridates.“Now there was a certain commander…whose name was Diodotus, who was also called Tryphon, who took notice of the ill-will the soldiers bore toward Demetrius, and went to (Iamblichus) the Arabian, who brought up Antiochus, the son of Alexander…and persuaded him to give him Antiochus, because hewould make him king.” – Josephus,The Antiquities of the Jews, Book XIII, Chapter 5“And so cities in all districts rebelled against (Demetrius’) rule; and to remove the stigma of indolence he decided to attack the Parthians.” – Justin,Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus, 36.1.7http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T9_Tryphon.mp3Map of Syria c. 200 BC (courtesy ofwww.timemaps.com)http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Syria-200bc.png


Episode T8 - The City

Friday 26th July 2019

Synopsis: The rediscovery of Ai Khanoum testified to the wealth and power of the Bactrian Kingdom. Mithridates’ conquest of Babylonia is countered by an unlikely coalition.“The cities of Bactria were Bactra, which they also call Zariaspa and through which flows a river of the same name that empties into the Oxus, plus the city of Darapsa, and others more. Among these was a city called Eucratideia, named after its ruler… (The Greeks) also controlled Sogdiana, whichlies above and to the east of Bactria between the Oxus River – demarcating Bactrians from Sogdians – and the Jaxartes River, likewise separating the Sogdians from the nomads.” – Strabo,Geography, 11.11.2“These wise sayings of earlier men, the words of well-known men, are enshrined in the holy Pytho. There Clearchus copied them faithfully, and set them up here in the sanctuary of Kineas, blazing from afar.              As a child,...


Episode T7 - Blazing From Afar

Friday 12th July 2019

Synopsis: On the eastern frontiers of the Seleucid Empire, Parthia, Bactria and the Indo-Greeks struggle for regional supremacy. The stalemate in Syria and murder of Eucratides advance the fortunes of Mithridates.“At about the same time that Mithridates was beginning his rule in Parthia, Eucratides was beginning his in Bactria, both of them great men. But the fortunes of the Parthians prevailed, carrying them to the zenith of their power under this king.” – Justin,Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus, 41.6"The Yavanas (Greeks) will command, the Kings will disappear. But ultimately the Yavanas, intoxicated with fighting, will not stay in Madhadesa (the Middle Country); there will be undoubtedly a civil war among them, arising in their own country (Bactria), there will be a terrible and ferocious war."–Gargi-Samhita,Yuga Purana, Chapter 7http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T7_Blazing_From_Afar.mp3


I'm Very Excited

Monday 1st July 2019

For a bunch of great reasons! First and foremost, I’ve just finished drafting Episode T10, which means I have four new episodes ready to produce. Finishing Episode T10 also gave me another piece of happy news, which is that I now believe I can reasonably estimate how long“The Ancient World – Thea” will run. At the moment, it’s looking like four additional episodes (i.e., through Episode T14) will complete the story of Cleopatra Thea and also give some additional space for a quick synopsis taking us up through either Pompey’s conquest or possibly even a bit farther (no spoilers!) But since I have a horrible track record estimating these things I’m giving myself some extra latitude, so we’ll say that “The Ancient World – Thea” will wrap somewhere between Episodes T14 and T16. Either way, I’ve decided for the moment to stop drafting new episodes and move into production mode, which means you’ll be seeing Episode T7 appear over the next...


Spring Break

Friday 15th March 2019

Now that we’re 6 episodes in, I wanted to give you an update on the new series and my plans for 2019. I’m planning to break “The Ancient World – Thea” into 6-episode “seasons” with breaks in between. Which is another way of saying that I’m going back on break for a while. You can expect the second season sometime this Summer and a third season before the end of the year. I don’t really have a feeling yet for how long this series’ll run – it might wrap in the third season or might take a fourth. I’m notoriously bad at predicting that kind of thing.During the break I’m planning to dig into a few side-projects. So, for example, if anyone out there has experience in ancient-history-themed childrens’ books hit me up on social media. Otherwise if you’d like to help out the show here’s my humble ask: Find one friend who’s into history and tell them about The Ancient World. Maybe even point them toward the first 6 episodes...


Episode T6 - Philometor

Thursday 28th February 2019

Synopsis: With Syria beset by regional enemies, three kings face off at the Battle of the Oenoparos River. The lone survivor, King Demetrius II, inaugurates his reign with the violent destruction of Antioch.“And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the sand that lieth upon the sea shore, and many ships, and went about through deceit to get Alexander’s kingdom, and join it to his own…Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so that their hatred was openly known. Then Ptolemy entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns upon his head, the crown of Asia, and of Egypt.” – 1 Maccabees, Chapter 11http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T6_Philometor.mp3


Episode T5 - Balas

Friday 15th February 2019

Synopsis: Demetrius struggles to preserve his throne but ends up falling in battle. Alexander Balas begins his reign by marrying Ptolemy’s daughter, Cleopatra Thea. While the sons of Demetrius remain a threat, the couple are also forced to confront the growing menace of Parthia.“Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over against Demetrius. And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius’ host fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against them. And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went down: and that day was Demetrius slain.” – 1 Maccabeeshttp://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T5_Balas.mp3


Episode T4 - Soter

Friday 1st February 2019

Synopsis: Demetrius seizes the Syrian throne and stems immediate threats from Media and Judaea. But deposed officials and regional rulers conspire to engineer his downfall.“When it became known that the Romans were ill disposed towards Demetrius, not only the other kings but even some of the satraps subject to him regarded his kingship with scant respect. Of these satraps the most outstanding was a certain Timarchus…By launching many accusations against Demetrius (he) persuaded the senate to enact (a decree making him king). Emboldened by this decree he raised an army of considerable size in Media; he also entered into alliance against Demetrius with Artaxias, the king of Armenia.” – Diodorus Siculus,The Library of History, Book XXXIhttp://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T4_Soter.mp3


Episode T3 - Thea

Thursday 17th January 2019

Synopsis: Lysias attempts to exercise control through the young King Antiochus V, but a deadly incident with a Roman delegation gives hope to the captive Demetrius. Ptolemy Physcon challenges his brother Ptolemy VI for control of Egypt and Cyprus.“They then went on board, and the pilot weighed anchor and started just as the day was breaking, having absolutely no idea of the real state of the case, but believing that he was conveying some soldiers from Menyllus to Ptolemy…It was not until the fourth day after his start that, Demetrius being looked for in vain, the truth was suspected. On the fifth the Senate was hastily summoned to consider the matter, when Demetrius had already cleared the Straits of Messina. The Senate gave up all idea of pursuit.” – Polybius,The Histories, Book XXXIhttp://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T3_Thea.mp3


Episode T2 - Megas

Friday 4th January 2019

Synopsis: Antiochus the Great restores Seleucid fortunes, but his son Antiochus IV sews the seeds of the Empire’s destruction.“On (Antiochus IV), after reading the dispatch, saying that he desired to consult with his friends on the situation, Popilius did a thing which was looked upon as exceedingly overbearing and insolent. Happening to have a vine stick in his hand, he drew a circle round Antiochus with it, and orderedhim to give his answer to the letter before he stepped out of that circumference.” – Polybius,the Histories, Book XXIXhttp://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_T2_Megas.mp3