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The Persian empire constituted the greatest threat to Greek independence the individual city-states had yet faced. Indeed, it was a threat of such dire concern that its degree would not be equalled until the Roman conquest of Greece in the 2nd century BCE.

As we are now embarking upon a series of episodes to tell the story of the Greco-Persian wars, it is only fitting that we take the time to introduce this eastern antagonist into our narrative.

The History of Persia Podcast is hosted by podcaster, Trevor Culley. In common with my own show, Trevor is a real detail orientated individual who knows how to sweat the small stuff to add the richness necessary to any broad retelling of history. We are lucky enough to have his services in this interview episode to bring the Persian story up to the dawn of the 5th century, and the out break of hostilities between  the Greeks and Persians.

I hope you all enjoy the chat and take care.


The Spartans tend to evoke images of bloody battles fought on almost mythical fields, of warriors pushing back against an oriental despotism that was irreconcilable to the Greek way of life . Accomplished with spear, shield and led by the 'Bad Boy' king Leonidas, these are only a few  tantalising details to a tale that begins almost a 1000 years before the legend of Thermopylae and the 300 Spartans. The gaps in between are the focus of this podcast and I intend to flesh them out in their entirety.

Understanding the Spartans and their role in the greater scope of ancient Greek history requires rewinding the clock back to the bronze age with the siege, fall and extirpation of Troy and the Trojans as a people. Names like Hector, Helen, Achilles and Agamemnon will come up often as we scour Homer's epics for the earliest mentions  of the Spartan story.  So lets turn first to Troy and begin a chronological look at the ancient people of Sparta, in an exciting odyssey into the Past. 

Hegamon (Leader)

Narrator and Creator - Steve Whitehead

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