Mike Duncan

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Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award-winning series The History of Rome set the gold standard for episodic narrative history and inspired a generation of listeners. His current series Revolutions explores the great political revolutions of history and is one of the most popular history podcasts in the world.

Duncan's first book The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Romans Republic is forthcoming October 24, 2017 from PublicAffairs.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his family.
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“But as he stood watching Carthage burn, Scipio reflected on the fate of this once great power. Overcome with emotion, he cried. His friend and mentor Polybius approached and asked why Scipio was crying.

"A glorious moment, Polybiius; but I have a dread foreboding that some day the same doom will be pronounced on my own country." Scipio then quoted a line from Homer: "A day will come when sacred Troy shall perish, And Priam and his people shall be slain."

Scipio knew that no power endures indefinitely, that all empires must fall.”
Mike Duncan, The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

“But this was an age when a lie was not a lie if a man had the audacity to keep asserting the lie was true.”
Mike Duncan, The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

“The final victory over Carthage in the Punic Wars led to rising economic inequality, dislocation of traditional ways of life, increasing political polarization, the breakdown of unspoken rules of political conduct, the privatization of the military, rampant corruption, endemic social and ethnic prejudice, battles over access to citizenship and voting rights, ongoing military quagmires, the introduction of violence as a political tool, and a set of elites so obsessed with their own privileges that they refused to reform the system in time to save it.”
Mike Duncan, The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

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message 1: by B. P.

B. P. Rinehart Thank you for accepting Mr. Duncan, been a fan of you since I discovered The History of Rome podcast. I hope you can do a book series on the Revolutions podcast.


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