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Daniele Bolelli

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Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.

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EPISODE 43 The Melian Dialogue (The Peloponnesian War and Morality in History)

0:00 | Jan 21st

In the midst of The Peloponnesian War (431-401 BCE), the Athenians paid a visit to the inhabitants of the island of Melos and tried to make them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The dialogue that emerged from their negotiations is a classic in politica...Show More

EPISODE 20 The Conquest of Mexico (Part 1): People Of The Sun

1:56:05 | May 25th, 2017

In the 1500s, two highly militaristic peoples fueled by religious ideologies requiring bloodshed clashed with one another. This is the tale of what happened when a band of Spaniards run into the Mexica (Aztec) empire. By the time the dust will settle...Show More

EPISODE 38 Monster in the Darkness

0:00 | Aug 23rd, 2018

What I am going to tell you is one of the craziest serial killer stories that you have never heard of. And there are very good reason why most people have never heard of this. In 1942, Death stalked London. Death came from the sky in the form of Germ...Show More

EPISODE 11 Caravaggio (Part 1): Light and Darkness

2:04:54 | Aug 18th, 2016

During a visit to a church in Sicily, a priest offered Caravaggio holy water. Caravaggio asked the old priest what it was for. “It will cancel your venial sins, my son,” replied the priest. “Then it’s no use—Caravaggio commented—My sins are all morta...Show More

EPISODE 46 Enjoying Hell: The Life of Ikkyu Sojun (Part 2)

0:00 | Mar 25th

So many History on Fire episodes feature incredibly violent pages from humanity’s past. This is not one of those episodes. The hero of our tale was too busy enjoying life in 15th century Japan to join the civil wars raging around him or to go around ...Show More

EPISODE 45 Sex, Sake and Zen: The Life of Ikkyu Sojun (Part 1)

0:00 | Mar 18th

So many History on Fire episodes feature incredibly violent pages from humanity’s past. This is not one of those episodes. The hero of our tale was too busy enjoying life in 15th century Japan to join the civil wars raging around him or to go around ...Show More

EPISODE 44 Dan Carlin

0:00 | Feb 18th

Dan Carlin is the undisputed king of historical podcasting, and one of my favorite human beings. Today we sit down to chat about the differences between Nazism and Socialism, the right-wing vs. left-wing paradigm, our favorite past U.S. presidents, t...Show More

EPISODE 42 Joan of Arc (Part 4)

2:02:24 | Dec 13th, 2018

By 1429, the heir to the French throne was about to give up and flee in exile. The English and their Burgundian allies controlled huge parts of the country. With Orleans likely to fall in a not too distant future, the path was open for the English to...Show More

EPISODE 41 Joan of Arc (Part 3)

0:00 | Nov 15th, 2018

By 1429, the heir to the French throne was about to give up and flee in exile. The English and their Burgundian allies controlled huge parts of the country. With Orleans likely to fall in a not too distant future, the path was open for the English to...Show More

EPISODE 40 Joan of Arc (Part 2)

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

By 1429, the heir to the French throne was about to give up and flee in exile. The English and their Burgundian allies controlled huge parts of the country. With Orleans likely to fall in a not too distant future, the path was open for the English to...Show More

EPISODE 39 Joan of Arc (Part 1)

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2018

By 1429, the heir to the French throne was about to give up and flee in exile. The English and their Burgundian allies controlled huge parts of the country. With Orleans likely to fall in a not too distant future, the path was open for the English to...Show More

EPISODE 37 The 47 Ronin (Part 2)

0:00 | Jul 26th, 2018

The tale of the 47 Ronin is one of the most renowned revenge tales to ever come out of Japan. It is the subject of countless books, plays, and movies. It is also a story that has ignited never-ending debates. Some people argue that the 47 Ronin were ...Show More

EPISODE 36 The 47 Ronin (Part 1)

0:00 | Jun 28th, 2018

The tale of the 47 Ronin is one of the most renowned revenge tales to ever come out of Japan. It is the subject of countless books, plays, and movies. It is also a story that has ignited never-ending debates. Some people argue that the 47 Ronin were ...Show More

EPISODE 35 The Magliana Gang (Part 2)

1:38:09 | May 30th, 2018

This series is about the rise of a street gang that took over Rome in the 1970s and 1980s. The Magliana gang was not just one of many criminal organizations who operated in Italy. Among their business partners, they counted Italy’s most important pol...Show More

EPISODE 34 The Magliana Gang (Part 1)

1:23:06 | May 3rd, 2018

This series is about the rise of a street gang that took over Rome in the 1970s and 1980s. The Magliana gang was not just one of many criminal organizations who operated in Italy.

EPISODE 33 On Good and Evil: From My Lai to Sand Creek

2:13:03 | Apr 4th, 2018

What makes seemingly normal men commit horrific acts against civilians during war? What allows some people to act heroically in the darkest circumstances and what makes others turn into monsters? How does training and leadership play into this? After...Show More

EPISODE 32B Anything That Moves (Part 2): The Parallel Stories of Sand Creek and My Lai

2:35:23 | Mar 8th, 2018

In part B, I hand the microphone to my friend and master podcaster Darryl Cooper (from The Martyrmade Podcast.) Darryl explores the context of the Cold War in order to come to terms with what happened at My Lai, in Vietnam, in 1968. Horror abounds, b...Show More

EPISODE 32A Anything That Moves (Part 1): The Parallel Stories of Sand Creek and My Lai

2:11:04 | Mar 7th, 2018

I’m not going to lie. This is one of the darkest episodes of History on Fire. But there are reasons for this journey into the heart of darkness. The stories of Sand Creek and My Lai offer an opportunity to explore human agency, the choices separating...Show More

EPISODE 31 Gladiators in Ancient Rome (Part 2): The Spirit of the Gladiator

1:48:18 | Feb 14th, 2018

In this episode: how gladiators were both superstars and despised outcasts at the same time, gladiators’ groupies, Marcus Aurelius’ wife taking a bath in gladiator’s blood, Commodus and his 620-0 record in the arena, the clash between Christianity an...Show More

EPISODE 30 Gladiators in Ancient Rome (Part 1): Are You Not Entertained?

1:47:33 | Feb 1st, 2018

Ancient Romans were obsessed with gladiatorial combat. In this two-part series, we time-travel back to get a sense of what the Games (of which gladiatorial combat was the main attraction) were like. In this episode: the origins of gladiators, human s...Show More

EPISODE 29 I Drink and I Know Things (Where History and Game of Thrones Intersect)

2:21:06 | Jan 18th, 2018

In this episode, I am joined by Aziz Al-Doory from The History of Westeros Podcast, and together we discuss some (definitely not all) of the ways in which history has influenced Game of Thrones. In this episode we’ll tackle: The Wall & Hadrian’s Wall...Show More

EPISODE 28 Jack Johnson (Part 3): Nobody’s Slave

2:07:15 | Jan 4th, 2018

By 1900, the federal government had long abandoned Reconstruction, and white supremacy was returning to the South with a vengeance. Jim Crow was in full swing. Segregation was the law of the land. And Fifty years before Jackie Robinson challenged seg...Show More

EPISODE 27 Jack Johnson (Part 2): The Fight

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2017

In this episode: -Public Enemy Number One -At home in the integrated criminal underworld -Ladies and fast cars -Jack Johnson’s intellectual side -The Great White Hope -Knocking out and befriending Stanley “The Assassin” Ketchel -“I am goi...Show More

EPISODE 26 Jack Johnson (Part 1): Bad To The Bone

1:44:18 | Nov 9th, 2017

By 1900, the federal government had long abandoned Reconstruction, and white supremacy was returning to the South with a vengeance. Jim Crow was in full swing. Segregation was the law of the land. And Fifty years before Jackie Robinson challenged seg...Show More

EPISODE 25 Roman History with Mike Duncan

1:28:51 | Oct 12th, 2017

Mike Duncan is one of the pioneers of historical podcasting. His “History of Rome” is iconic. And his current “Revolutions” is equally compelling. In this episode, we sit down to chat about Roman history, Rome in cinema, the inevitable comparisons be...Show More

EPISODE 24 The Pirate Queen

2:12:57 | Sep 14th, 2017

At the very beginning of the 1800s, a Chinese woman went from being employed as a prostitute in the floating brothels close to Canton to becoming the leader of the biggest pirate confederacy in modern history. Despite ending up as one of the most suc...Show More

EPISODE 23 The Conquest of Mexico (Part 4): Tenochtitlan Or Bust

2:30:41 | Aug 17th, 2017

In the 1500s, two highly militaristic peoples fueled by religious ideologies requiring bloodshed clashed with one another. This is the tale of what happened when a band of Spaniards run into the Mexica (Aztec) empire. By the time the dust will settle...Show More

EPISODE 22 The Conquest of Mexico (Part 3): Tenochtitlan Syndrome

2:29:34 | Jul 21st, 2017

In the 1500s, two highly militaristic peoples fueled by religious ideologies requiring bloodshed clashed with one another. This is the tale of what happened when a band of Spaniards run into the Mexica (Aztec) empire. By the time the dust will settle...Show More

EPISODE 21 The Conquest of Mexico (Part 2): The Dogs of War

2:09:27 | Jun 22nd, 2017

In the 1500s, two highly militaristic peoples fueled by religious ideologies requiring bloodshed clashed with one another. This is the tale of what happened when a band of Spaniards run into the Mexica (Aztec) empire. By the time the dust will settle...Show More

EPISODE 19 Featuring Dan Carlin

1:34:09 | Apr 28th, 2017

My favorite podcaster and one of my favorite humans joins me for an epic chat ranging across topics

EPISODE 18 The War for the Black Hills (Part 3): Last Stand

2:18:57 | Mar 31st, 2017

To the Lakota people, the Black Hills of South Dakota were—and still are—‘the heart of everything that is.’ To the United States, they were a goldmine, and Manifest Destiny’s next target. It was for the Black Hills that the Lakota went to war against...Show More

EPISODE 17 The War for the Black Hills (Part 2): The Long Defeat

2:04:51 | Mar 2nd, 2017

To the Lakota people, the Black Hills of South Dakota were—and still are—‘the heart of everything that is.’ To the United States, they were a goldmine, and Manifest Destiny’s next target. It was for the Black Hills that the Lakota went to war against...Show More

EPISODE 16 The War for the Black Hills (Part 1): The Heart of Everything That Is

2:12:13 | Jan 19th, 2017

To the Lakota people, the Black Hills of South Dakota were—and still are—‘the heart of everything that is.’ To the United States, they were a goldmine, and Manifest Destiny’s next target. It was for the Black Hills that the Lakota went to war against...Show More

EPISODE 15 Ted Roosevelt (Part 3): The Man In The Arena

1:24:54 | Dec 18th, 2016

He was the first American to receive a brown belt in Judo.  He won the largest percentage of the vote ever by a third-party candidate. 
He once took a bullet to the chest shot at point blank range, and rather than going to the hospital went to delive...Show More

EPISODE 14 Ted Roosevelt (Part 2): The Strenuous Life

1:51:36 | Nov 29th, 2016

He was the first American to receive a brown belt in Judo.  He won the largest percentage of the vote ever by a third-party candidate. 
He once took a bullet to the chest shot at point blank range, and rather than going to the hospital went to delive...Show More

EPISODE 13 Ted Roosevelt (Part 1): The Rough Rider and His Demons

2:02:49 | Oct 19th, 2016

He was the first American to receive a brown belt in Judo.  He won the largest percentage of the vote ever by a third-party candidate. 
He once took a bullet to the chest shot at point blank range, and rather than going to the hospital went to delive...Show More

EPISODE 12 Caravaggio (Part 2): Folsom Prison Blues

1:59:39 | Sep 20th, 2016

This second and last part of the tale includes battles in the streets of Rome, Caravaggio’s revolutionary take on the origins of Christianity, the rivalry with Giovanni Baglione, Renaissance diss tracks, attempted murder over artichokes, the dubious ...Show More

EPISODE 10 Crazy Horse (Part 4)

2:07:30 | Jul 10th, 2016

In this last chapter of the Crazy Horse series, we’ll see Crazy Horse hunting miners in the Black Hills, a Lakota leader shaking hands with one hand while holding his guts in with the other, fighting at Slim Buttes, cutting horses open and hiding bab...Show More

EPISODE 9 Crazy Horse (Part 3)

1:41:18 | Jun 15th, 2016

Everything we have seen so far in Crazy Horse’s life was a warm-up. In Episode 9, things really heat up: leadership, a legend in intertribal warfare, a bison apocalypse, Black Buffalo Woman, a bullet in the face, heartbreak sets up home in Crazy Hors...Show More

EPISODE 8 Crazy Horse (Part 2)

1:46:03 | May 23rd, 2016

In Episode 8, we pause the blow by blow narration of Crazy Horse’s life to focus on the larger context: the war between Lakota & Cheyenne and the United States in the mid-1860s. In this episode: things heat up with battles at Platte River Station and...Show More

EPISODE 7 Crazy Horse (Part 1)

2:19:03 | May 3rd, 2016

His undeniable power as a warrior, in fact, didn’t spare him from having tragedy visit him time and time again. Taking place against the backdrop of the Lakota-U.S. conflict in the second half of the 1800s, his life was the quintessential tale where ...Show More

EPISODE 6 The Duel

1:41:53 | Mar 14th, 2016

Podtrac Survey: if you could please help the show attract prospective sponsors by filling out this survey, we'll deeply appreciate it. http://svel.to/l7c This is the story of the events leading Burr and Hamilton to stop exchanging words and begin exc...Show More

EPISODE 5 The 10,000 (Part 2)

0:00 | Jan 25th, 2016

In this second and last part of this two-part series, we find out why it is a very bad idea to get on the wrong side of Parysatis, one of the most ruthless queens of the ancient world. We will also run into betrayal, prophetic dreams, epic battles, X...Show More

EPISODE 4 The 10,000 (Part 1)

0:00 | Jan 9th, 2016

Legendary historian Will Durant has described the subject of this episode as “One of the great adventures in human history”. In the first part of this two-part series, we meet the main characters of our tale, when a band of over 10,000 Greek mercenar...Show More

EPISODE 3 The Iceman

1:44:16 | Nov 30th, 2015

This episode focuses on one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the late 20th century: the oldest, fully preserved human body ever found. The man emerged from the ice in the Alps over 5,000 years ago after his death. The more archaeologists...Show More

EPISODE 2 The Slave Wars (Part 2: Spartacus)

2:21:00 | Oct 16th, 2015

One of the most legendary characters in history comes to visit us in this episode: Spartacus! This episode features mass crucifixions, Dionysian orgies, a master course in guerrilla warfare, walls built with corpses, the most brutal punishment in mil...Show More

Episode 1 The Slave Wars (part 1)

1:56:53 | Sep 10th, 2015

In the space of a few decades, three major slave wars threatened the Roman Republic. In this episode, we see how the greed of land speculators, tax collectors and slave owners unleashed an orgy of bloodshed as tens of thousands of escaped slaves went...Show More

Episode 0 Introduction to History on Fire Podcast

14:47 | Sep 10th, 2015

In this quick intro, we explore the guiding philosophy of the podcast, Dan Carlin’s influence, and future plans.