E24 – The Rise and *FAIL* of Rome

Episode 24 – On the latest episode, Erik, Justin, and Chris talk about the history of Rome – from Republic to Empire, the numerous factors that lead to it’s downfall, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, gladiator games, ancient architecture, Constantinople (Istanbul), and the absolute worst Roman Emperors of all time: Commodus, Caligula, and Nero! 

Also on this episode: 

  • Stolen Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet Confiscated from Hobby Lobby?!
  • *‘Dating Through the Ages’ (Cleopatra skit from 2015)*
  • Epik Wins of History: Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lamarr
  • The Bracket of Fails: Benedict Arnold vs Brutus / J. Bruce Ismay vs Gavrilo Princip
  • “You’ve Got Hate Mail”

Audio Clips: “Gladiator” (2000) – directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix; HBO’s “ROME” (2005-2007)

Check out Erik and Kory’s review of “The Green Knight” on ‘The World is My Burrito’!

*You can watch our Cleopatra skit on You Tube! (starring: Caroline Crawford, Devon Seymour, Jimmy Lester, Justin Ache, and Chris Carroll – narrated by Devin Clark, written and directed by Erik Slader)*

Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound!


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Erik Slader

Erik Slader is an author, podcaster, and full-time nerd. He’s the co-author of the “Epic Fails” book series (The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History, The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost, etc) and the creator of Epik Fails of History, a podcast and blog about the most epic fails… of history. He’s also a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek: A Star Trek Podcast, and an editor / frequent contributor on Podcasters Assemble – where this season they’re counting down to “Godzilla vs Kong”!