About the Podcast

This is a podcast dedicated to the history of Persia, and the great empires that ruled modern Iran before the rise of Islam. Our narrative begins with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between. Join me as we explore the cultures, militaries, religions, successes, and failures of some of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

About the Podcaster

I’m Trevor Culley. My personal experience with both Persian history and podcasts began with a college extra credit assignment to listen to the first Hardcore History history episode on the Achaemenids. I was instantly enthralled with the stories of the Kings of Kings and coming a little late to the party, started listening to podcasts. On one hand, I started heading down the road toward PhD that will let me study ancient Persia for a living. On the other, as I binged my way through both the History of Rome and early episodes of the History of Byzantium I was always excited for the episodes dealing with the Parthians and Sassanids. I’m sure some of you shared my surprise and disappointment to discover that there was not a similarly dedicated podcast dealing with the great empires east of Rome. So that brings us here. I’ve decided to personally create that dedicated podcast.


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Intro/Outro Audio: Magical Wings by LynneMusic via NeoSounds.com

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