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I echo all the comments. Thank you for all your hard work over the past five years. You made my Sunday evening commutes a lot easier. But you should also take stock of what a tremendous accomplishment you've done. Even if no one ever listened to this podcast, putting out 74 hrs of quality material is a tremendous accomplishment. Kudos for doing something you actually loved and having the commitment to stick it out to the end. You are an inspiration to more than just podcasters. Get ya a case of beer for that! I'll add one more comment (and I absolutely mean this with no disrespect whatsoever) but your podcast is perfect for either keeping me awake or putting me to sleep. The facts are so interesting, your voice so soothing. So sometimes I listen to the old episodes again and it puts me in a restful place. You got me through many a red eye flight. Best of luck to you and your growing family. P.S. I was going to guess that you are going to do a podcast of the British Empire but since there is a British history podcast out, I wonder if you'll cover the same ground, only better.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2012 on 179- The End at The History of Rome
Curious...In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I would think that THOR would do a special on the most popular sports of the Roman Empire. Fingers crossed but if THOR goes into the reign of Justinian, the topic of chariot racing will be interesting. Not that I'm complaining though, another great episode Mike.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2012 on 168- The Rise of Aetius at The History of Rome
I've been there man. With an appendix surgery, I was tied up for a good four days. Take care. And make sure that you negotiate down the hospital bill once they give it to you. It'll be a doozy. Also, I share Luke Baxter's assessment. A recalibration of the end of the Roman empire would certainly benefit the other listeners and myself. With less than 100 years before the stated end, maybe something to consider: Some options for an "alternate ending": -565: The death of Justinian (if I'm not mistaken, the last Latin speaking Roman Emperor and the last Roman Emperor of the Italian peninsula) -May 29th, 1453 (Fall of Constantinople and symbolic end of the Byzantine Empire) -The end of WW1 (the end of the Kaiser and the Tsar, both rooted from Caesar, also the end of the Ottoman Sultan who may have still claimed the title Caesar of Rome) [okay wishful thinking probably, but I'd still listen every week]
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2011 on Well that was unexpected... at The History of Rome
Very happy Mike DIDN'T say "award winning" again. Once was enough as a tip-of-the-cap to the fans but anything more than that implies that Mike is a braggard and that he needs the Podcast award to justify his podcast (and THOR is so good that he doesn't need to brag or justify himself). Of course, if iTunes were to publish that THOR won an award, that would be great as it would hopefully draw more people in. We're coming to the point where we can contrast THOR's style and Lars Brownworth's style directly when it comes to this history. It seems to me that Brownworth almost always takes the source material as given and doesn't question it while THOR will take a more open and skeptical view. Contrast this most recent podcast with Brownworth's 12 Byzantine Rulers podcast on Diocletian.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2011 on 121- Phase Three Complete at The History of Rome
Congrats to THOR podcast for the Podcast award. I've been a follower for about 2 years and it is the best part of my Monday. Looking forward to the upcoming Diocletian podcast.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on 120- Interregnum at The History of Rome
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