History of Rome

The early days of Rome stand in stark contrast to its later greatness. To say the empire came from humble roots would be a gross understatement and entirely misleading. Founded by a man who killed his own brother and was raised by a whore; the cities initial inhabitants were thieves, crooks and beggars; such an unappealing lot that they could not find a single woman that would have them, they resorted to kidnapping; to protect their ill-gotten wives they then proceeded to make war on their in-laws. There is not a single sympathetic figure in the whole bunch. You almost find yourself rooting for the Etruscans to put this rabble down and restore some decency to the world. But alas, the Romans were strong and would not be conquered, even if they where total bastards. And this is the moral of Rome’s birth. The Romans won and grew and thrived, not because they were right or good or moral or god’s chosen people, but because they were strong and knew how to win battles. Might may not make right, but it will make a thousand–year civilisation.

Excerpt from The History of Rome by Mike Duncan, podcast number 2: Youthful Indiscretions

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