It has recently come to my attention that I don't have a place to post all the weird history things that I accumulate during my average day. I know we got some big history nerds hanging around here (looking at you @Solar
and @Lost Salient
) and I am always trying to learn new things, which is a lot harder than it sounds.
So yeah, let's talk about old dead people.
I'll start us off, with The Glory of Rome
That video provides a pretty good breakdown, at least of the theory, of the makeup of the Roman army in the late republic and early empire periods.
Once you were in that army (as a legionary, let's say) you would be expected to serve for 16-25 years (the exact required timing depends on the year - Augustus formalized it to 16 years, but that got continually pushed out as time went on). After that time was up, you were expected to serve in an additional capacity as well, as a member of the vexillum veteranorum for another 4 years. And of course, if there was a war going on, you might not want to count on getting out in time.
And while I'm at it, here's another thing about ancient Rome (I really love Rome, okay). The city this time, rather than the empire. This video is one of my favorite things - it's a computer simulation of, essentially, what the city of Rome might have actually looked like in 320 AD.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_phjB19ZEg
Ambrose Burnside is a personal hero of mine.
The unwashed masses rising up to overthrow the bourgeoisie?
"Everyone is an asshole, especially the people who insist really hard that they're not."
for the stylish men's fashion:
Your favorite revolution is an asshole revolution?
I didn't say it was my favourite revolution. I said they were my favourite bits of history to read about, along similar lines to Clint, because both of them were full of assholes and resulted in a total clusterfuck.
You're really intent on dissecting this particular frog here.
Birth of the modern states of Europe and that
I am thinking about getting into reading about and playing wargames set in the Greco-Persion wars.
Have you ever played Crusader Kings 2?
Lately I've been on a bit of a WW2 kick.
I'd love to know more about Rome and the Medieval period as I feel like a lot of my knowledge of those periods are confused by pop culture history notions and its hard to discern exactly where fact stops and popular fiction begins sometimes. (This was also a big problem when I was on my Japanese history kick as I was limited to English language sources.)
But it loses its thread
laughing at me
You and I should really sit down at some point and figure out VASL. It's a computer program you can play most board wargames online with.
That would be rad!
If you've got a hundred or so hours to kill you are encouraged to burn a chunk of them on the History of Rome podcast, in which an amateur Roman history enthusiast gets annoyed that nobody's talking about the full span of these dudes' history and proceeds to solve that problem at some length. Once he finds his voice they're pretty interesting - and entertaining when he stumbles into the more "oh, FFS you morons" stages of Roman infighting (i.e., the second century BC through the fifth century CE inclusive).
It was my background audio at work for a few months.
(He's also started another series on historical revolutions, but I haven't checked that out yet.)
Both these are great podcasts.
History of Rome I marathon-ed through in about a month total.
He's on the Haitian Revolution right now but he's also covered French, American, and the English.
I wonder which he is doing next? I forgot if he has said already.
Also, I love that he has no patience whatsoever for the whole "Rome fell because of (one thing the speaker dislikes)" mindset that is annoyingly default still. Basically the bookends of the whole thing are great.
I definitely need to start in on Revolutions. I do have a fairly turn-the-brain-off-and-engage-autopilot stretch of tasks coming up at work this spring...
There, I said it.
The beginning was really good, but it quickly turned into a history of what emperors did podcast, and I already know that and also don't care about it
Yeah, I could see that not appealing.
But for what it ended up being I didn't mind it so much, probably because I didn't know so much going in.
I took four years of Latin in middle/high school
I learned all about the major emperors (as well as a bunch of other cultural stuff, which I find way more interesting)
And then I became a history major, and I began to spurn the king focused narratives
So it was a perfect storm of things I wasn't very into
But I know Roman history isn't very widely taught, and it's very much a personal passion for me, so it makes sense that someone else talking about it would rub me the wrong way
I've heard enough praises of it otherwise to know that it's a good recommendation for most people
His favorite periods are the Early Republic and late antiquity, and it definitely shows. Most of the Empire was background to me aside from focuses on a few of the big figures, and I started paying attention again when he got into the things-falling-apart phase.
Both are annoyingly overlooked periods too, generally; there's so much more than "and then the Romans threw off the Etruscan yoke" at one end and "Goths OP plz nerf" at the other. He was definitely doing the straight chronological narrative towards the end, but I thought he did a good job of getting across how increasingly multiethnic the late Empire was, and how literally Byzantine the political and family ties were getting in the 400s.
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Steam // Secret Satan
For a second I thought you were following the Glorious Edict but then I remembered that ritual (which, as far as Roman ones go, was pretty mundane if you think about it).
Their series on the first crusade was especially fun for me. That's kind of an area of personal focus, but I knew all those stories as individual pieces and hadn't seen them assembled into such a glorious tapestry of "WTF?!" before.
Their stuff on the Sengoku Jidai was very fun.
I wonder if there is a good Japanese history podcast out there.
I've been listening to a WW2 history podcast for my school commute but it's starting to get into the minutia of hour by hour troop movement which is interesting but I can't really keep it all in my head while keeping my eyes on the road.
It was a very wild time!
You had better not decry the Sacred Geese!
... if only.