Show #009: Thera and the Explosive End of the Minoan World

Show #009 Thera

 
 
This piece is more like the tides of current events crashing against the shores of history!

When the volcano known as Thera erupted, the highly sophisticated civilization of the Minoans was directly in its path. Military history expert Barry Jacobsen and Leslie Eastman, who has a degree in geology, review one of the biggest natural disasters ever witnessed by man in recorded history. Topics include:

  • The Minoan people and their culture;
  • Minoan religion as it relates to bulls, high priestesses, and human sacrifices.
  • Mutual influences on other Mediterranean civilization (including Egypt and Greece);
  • Details on the eruptive sequence of Thera, and how that impacted the Minoan response;
  • The likely real killer of the Minoans — the tsunami and its impact on Crete; and,
  • The rapid decline of the Minoans and the rise of the Greeks.
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Show #008: Hannibal and the Second Punic War

Show #008 - Hannibal

 

Hannibal was a Punic Carthaginian military commander who is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history.

Military history expert Barry Jacbosen reviews the tactics and innovations he used in the Second Punic War that made him one of the most feared opponents of the ancient Romans.

Barry placed Hannibal in the #2 spot in his list of “Top 25 Commanders in the Ancient World”.

Arguably the greatest general of antiquity (see notes below), Hannibal faced and nearly oveHannibalBarca bustrcame the greatest power of the ancient world, Rome, on it’s own soil. He was master of all of the military arts but one: in matters of strategy, tactics, and (the most important) logistics he has no superior. However, unlike Alexander, he never conducted a truly great siege; though he did take some strong places. His inability to besiege and capture Rome ultimately doomed his efforts to failure. Strategically he took a great many risks, but all were calculated and the ground work carefully prepared for success. He understood that Rome could only be defeated if deprived of its recruiting grounds in Italy; and braved the Alps to take the war to his enemy and shatter their Italian alliances. Though he ultimately failed in this, he never lost a battle till his last; and was able to defeat every army the Romans sent against him. Tactically he was a master, and in this he is unsurpassed in ancient history. But perhaps his greatest feat was not getting his army over the Alps (however impressive this was); but in maintaining that army on enemy soil for 13 years. In this he was neither aided nor resupplied from home; relying only upon his own genius and resource. To the very end, his army (largely mercenaries with no national tie to bind them) stayed loyal and followed wherever the master led.

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Show #007: The Vikings, Terror of the North

Show #007 - The Vikings

 

The History Channel has scored a hit with the series, “The Vikings”.  What do they get right?  What do they get wrong?  And what impact do the fierce men of the North play in today’s world?

Military history expert Barry Jacobsen review the history, culture and religion of the Vikings, reviewing why they were the terror of Europe.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Part 1 of Our 3-Part Series on Sparta

Sparta - Legend and Legacy

Sparta – Legend and Legacy

 

As a way to say thank you to our fans, Barry and I wanted to offer one of our shows as a free download.

We thought this first in a three-part series on Sparta would be a great one.

If you like this, then check out the other two:

In this show, military historian and Spartan expert Barry Jacobsen discusses the origins of Sparta’s warrior culture, including the influence of geography and other ancient Greek city states. (Co-host, Leslie Eastman).

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Show #006 – Ancient Egypt in the Bible

Show #006 Joseph in Egypt

In what will be come a Lenten tradition for History Bytes, co-host Leslie Eastman (the team’s religious history maven) will offer a special podcast on a subject that touches upon the Easter/Passover season.

One family tradition associated with Easter/Passover season in America is viewing “The Ten Commandments”, the 1956 classic with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner as Moses and the great pharaoh, Ramses II.

Some Egypt-loving movie-goers might appreciate the 1996 version of the story of Joseph that is one of Leslie’s personal favorites. It stars Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, Paul Mercurio, and Lesley Ann Warren.

And while these aren’t the only stories involving Egypt in the Bible, they are the two that make ancient Egypt an integral part of their saga. In this History Bytes episode we look at:

1) What the Bible tells us about ancient Egypt in the tales of Joseph and the Exodus.
2) Information in the archeological records from the presumed eras that support these stories.
3) Recent discoveries that further enhance our understanding of these time periods.
4) A new view of the role if the Hebrews, as potential mercenaries is for the Hyksos, and what this would have meant for their long-term place among the Egyptians of this distant era.

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History Bytes Suite of Shows

History Bytes takes an in-depth look at the events and personalities of the past, and discusses their impacts on today’s complex world.

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The host is Barry Jacobsen, noted military historian, former Green Beret, and associate producer of “Deadliest Warrior”. His co-host and producer is Leslie Eastman, biochemist, science writer/political pundit, and amateur Egyptologist.

Below is a complete list of available shows. This is a pay-for-podcast system, so you can enjoy the expertise of two history and media professionals.  Click on the link to follow to the complete show and its description; hit the button to purchase shows of interest.

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Show #005: In the Shadow of the Bear

  • The era of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde.
  • The forced exodus of the Crimean Tartars on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
  • The rationale behind Vladimir Putin’s power grab in Georgia.
  • The development of Islamic extremism in Chechnya and its consequences.
  • The origins of the Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution”

If you want to contact us, simply email: historybytes2014 at gmail dot com

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Show #005: In the Shadow of the Bear

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Military history expert Barry Jacobsen discusses the history of the Black Sea region of Russia, including:

  • The era of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde.
  • The forced exodus of the Crimean Tartars on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
  • The rationale behind Vladimir Putin’s power grab in Georgia.
  • The development of Islamic extremism in Chechnya and its consequences.
  • The origins of the Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution”

Leslie Eastman co-hosts.

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Show #004: Hollywood and Egyptomania

Hollywood and Egyptomania

Hollywood and Egyptomania

Leslie Eastman, scientist and long-time amateur Egyptologist, takes a look at Hollywood’s enduring love affair with the Land of the Nile.  (Co-host, Barry Jacobsen).

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Show #003: Alexander – Was he really that Great?

Alexander - Was he really that Great?

Alexander – Was he really that Great?

 

Military history expert Barry Jacobsen covers the life, conquests, and death of Alexander the Great.

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Show #002c: The Rise and Fall of Sparta (Part 3 of 3)

Show #002c:  The Rise and Fall of Sparta

Show #002c: The Rise and Fall of Sparta

Military historian and Spartan expert Barry Jacobsen reviews the rise and Fall of the Spartan empire, including a detailed look at the Peloponnesian war War.  Co-host Leslie Eastman, biochemist with a geology background, takes a look at the role of earthquakes and the Plague of Athens in the events.

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