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The Ancients

History Hit

A podcast for all ancient history fans! The Ancients is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Featuring interviews with historians and archaeologists, each episode covers a specific theme from antiquity. From Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome. Hosted by Tristan Hughes. more


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Latest Episodes

Of unknown authorship, the Dead Sea Scrolls - also known as the Qumran Scrolls - are some of the most important ancient documents ever discovered. Found by a young boy in a cave by the Dead Sea, the scrolls offer invaluable insight into what life was... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 3.6k ratings
  • If you have wondered who is trying to rewrite history, you won't wonder anymore after listening to this episode. SMDH.

    a month ago
  • Not as good as it could be

    Works well as a format only when the expert interviewed is worth their salt. However it all falls apart when this is not the case. Giving someone like Elizabeth Graham, whose odd claims have rightly been challenged by other scholars, an unchallenged space like this is doing a disservice to archeology and history as academic disciplines — not to mention your own estimation with listeners. Please provide at least a modicum of intellectual depth and/or balance, if not in one episode, then at least ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa month ago
  • I eagerly away the drop of each new episode

    Listening to this podcast has become a ritual to me. Tristan Hughes is a great host, and I almost feel like he has become a friend :D. I especially love the episodes that focus on languages and specific texts!

    Apple Podcasts
    deus bex machina
    United Statesa month ago
  • Subscription

    I subscribed on the app and History Hit has no sign in on Apple Podcasts so if I want to listen to this or any other History Hit show it’s requiring me to pay double. Super lame since they shamelessly self promote their subscription package and it’s not even applicable across different platforms.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • GV#2023

    I just listened to the episode on Cyrus and it was great. So grateful to have learned so much.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago

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