This is an amazing podcast that covers the history that is rarely covered anywhere outside of graduate courses or Bible studies. I love learning where the Sabeans were from or the motivations of the Hittites. You get the picture.
This series is so informative and concise. It conveys such complex topics with ease and clarity. I absolutely love it!
Worth a Listen
Well thought out, paced and reads and conveys the information in an engaging way. I love the little snippets of humor thrown in. Many try but few succeed. I especially love Bloodlines story line. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it done in a podcast. Deserves the five star rating.
Your podcast is awesome I put it on and it knocks me right out.
Great History Podcast
This is just great. What can I say. Also "Bloodlines" sequel series has great stories that follow generations of descendents of key figures in history, woven with the events around them (which are also fleshed out)--which comes out to be very intriguing, rather than the typical linear list of top rulers and battles. The descendents often end up in ironical place you dont expects. Well composed, well delivered, moves along fast, some humor. Good general history correlary to History of Rome and others, which is, of course more specific.
If there were six stars I would give this poscast six!
The level of detail and scholarship is amazing - my favorite history podcast
Why am I so intrigued?
I found this podcast through searching for historical stories. I had been listening to how world war 2 came to be, and started to look into older stories. This podcast draws you in with a pleasant narrator and information that fills you mind with visions of days ago. Been binge listening to catch up. Oh my!
Great history podcast
Love this show! I have listened to it several times thru and keeps getting better 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
Love it . I listen for hours.
Perfect for binge listening
I’m currently bingeing this pod and I’m glad I have 8 years of back catalog to work through. If you like Dan Carlin, you’ll probably like Scott. The episode format is easily digestible and keeps you hooked for where the story will go next. 5/5
One of the best history podcasts you’ll find. He knows his material inside and out and manages to pull you into history like it were a blockbuster movie.
Love learning about ancient civilizations and how human society evolved
Never studied history, didn’t want to memorize names and dates, but as have begun to travel to sites of ancient civilizations want to be able to connect the dots. Recommended to me by a history major. Enjoying the conversational tone of this podcast and the way the discussion relates the interaction of different societies.
I just found this and have a lot to catch up on. I’m off to a great and exciting start. I’ve really enjoyed the first 15.
My Fave Podcast for 7 Years
Scott Chesworth does incredible research, is hilarious in a super dry way, and somehow manages to mangle impossible names in history while making me think he knows how to say them ;) There are few things that make me happier than listening to a new episode of my favourite podcast. I love the Bloodlines series. Scott has really harmoniously melded history into a beautiful story that feels like fiction. If you are a writer, I’d recommend getting ideas for your novels from this ancient reality TV. The stuff he finds out is insane! Blood feuds and murders and love quadrangles. Every episode is incredible. Thank you, Scott! You’re a legend!
Humor, information & Ancient History
Listen to this late night - Enjoying relearning or clarifying things that had me a bit confused before, and really do look forward to each episode. Though this is my go to sleep thing, it does provoke some out loud laughter from me & a good picture of the past. I kind of like that Scott does episodes on relational basis not always just chronological- it helps with perspective. Sometimes I end up rewinding a show to hear it again, next day. It’s fine when I end up rewinding a show to hear it again (sleep thing). Also, keeping some peace in the bedroom as some other podcasts are too academic or dry so disturbing to my husband’s go to sleep thing! If you want to fill in some voids about the truly ancient times, people, this is a great way to do it,
I am trying to start again at the earliest podcasts but having trouble finding them I would like to keep them forever as they are so informative Unfortunately I seemed to have lost them and don’t know how to retrieve even though I resubscribed to the series - it doesn’t show the older episodes Any suggestions ?
One of the best podcast series
Scott thank you very much for your great work. I live at redwood city and do commute to san jose regularly and I always listen be amazed with your podcasts. I am glad I found your podcast channel. Keep up the good work!
cagil deniz arslan
King of deadpan
Love the delivery
best of the best
The ancient world rocks!!
Very well researched and so so so funny!!! Bloodlines series on Romans in Judea is world class. Until aprox the 18th century Josephus’ “The Jewish War” was the second most read book after the Bible in many areas of Christendom. It’s a rare firsthand record informing our picture of the rise and reception of Christianity, an absolutely fascinating story, and one of the most challenging events to teach. To get a flavor for the drama I can’t say enough about the brilliant storytelling of Scott the host of this podcast!
Overall history of the world
the objective reviewer
I’m loving this.
The podcast is wonderful. It is in a league of its own.
Please let me tell you how much I love this podcast. It’s perfect. Great research, wry humor, succinctly delivered, and endlessly fascinating. I’ve been listening for three years. I am so grateful for this show. Thank you, Scott! I majored in history and have gotten more profound insights in these 30 min episodes than in semesters of school. This show neatly compresses so much information into a comprehensible story. Wow!
Content great; vocal inflections distracting
I really hate to give a 2 star review to a history podcast because I do find the content incredibly interesting! Scott, I hate to say this because you have such a nice voice and are providing such incredible insights, so please don’t take this personally, but the cadence and vocal inflections sound like something I would expect from a scary stories podcast. The voice drops and lingers on nearly every last sentence or word. It feels negative and dark. Please consider mixing it up with different intonations. Would love to hear the podcast again some time with more vocal diversity.
I love this show. From catching up on ancient history to learning about the people who discovered these lost worlds, this podcast has it all for fans of the ancient and classical worlds. A masterpiece as good as any, if not a step ahead. Can’t say enough. I just love this podcast!
Depth to Untold Parts of History
We might know the broad outlines. Scott goes into the alleys to find detail and narrative often missing. It's just so cool to go with him.
Very well done podcast. For an amateur historian like myself, I can get mixed up with all the names and dates, but Scott Chesworth’s info is very well constructed and the pacing is just right.
Deep, and I mean DEEP, dive
Awesome show. I especially enjoyed the bloodline episodes, tracing the progeny of cleopatra and Anthony.
Researched so well!
I love how encompassing this podcast is. It’s a great introductory podcast to get a great summary of Ancient History & can act as a great jumping point into other podcasts that get more in depth into certain areas of the world. Well done!!
A fascinating story well told Still a big fan. Only wish Scott could do even more episodes. Love how he weaves a touch of humor into complex narratives
Scott is a brilliant podcaster and storyteller. For many years he crafted and generously shared his insights; often quoting and crediting his sources he points the way to find out more. Each episode is artful, rich in content and is a high quality professional production. With enough episodes in each section to give context to the story our understanding is enhanced. Written and narrated so ancient history comes to life!
Gods Bless You
I love this podcast. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together.
Love the different narratives of ancient history.
It’s a pretty good pod hard to follow sometimes but that’s on me. Detect some politics in pod witch don’t care for. I will keep listening and recommend
Excellent history podcast!
I’m late to the party but this is a great podcast, right up there with Mike Duncan and Dan Carlin!
Pullamus Sullamus Maximus
If you’re interested in ancient history, you’ll love this podcast.
If you’re not interested in ancient history, WTH?? You need to give it a try.
Just finishing the episode Semiramis and the final line is a powerful bit of storytelling that has been on display the entire run as I’ve been listening since series 1 episode 1. Great job
Scott is the best
It is clear how much research has gone into each episode and I am truly impressed. Excellent style, informative, and comprehensive. I cannot think of another podcast at this level. Please keep up the good work and release new episodes soon.
I love this podcasts I feel like I’m learning so much :o
Well delivered historical narrative sprinkled with dry humor. What’s not to like?
In Duncan's League
Love the content, the pacing, the humor. Excellent choice of topics and depth of coverage is generally right on. Trouble is, limited suggestions for further reading.
Great History Podcast
Wonderful podcast. Easy to listen to and well informed. The attention to the Seleucids is much appreciated!
Creative and historically rigorous
Truly clever, creative storytelling that makes historical fact human and compelling. You learn something new in every episode -- but beyond that, you will feel as though you visited another time and place. Series continues to improve over time. Five stars!
Big fan. Really liked the original episodes. I liked the stories a lot. The prodction value and the focus continued to improve. I also liked the oringinal Blood Lines. thanks for your work on this.
Great podcast on ascent history
Thanks for taking the time to make a great podcast on history. Our children can due with an dose of ascent and modern history
Extremely well researched and presented!
Fascinating look at ancient civilizations across the globe. The presentation is scholarly without being pedantic or boring. I’m so happy I discovered this podcast!
Makes the Ancient World Come Alive
I am so glad I found this podcast and I’m still catching up. I think the research work you do is brilliant. You really make the ancient world come alive! I re-listened to episodes from the first season several times. (I find Cyrus the Great to be interesting). I replayed some of the rediscovery episodes twice as well - they were fascinating. Thank you for your sardonic wit and humor too. It’s perfectly timed. Thank you for your time and energy doing this podcast! I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Huge fan of the ancient world podcast
Excellent to listen while driving