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History on Fire

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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2:12:06 | 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

1:56:38 | 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
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1:35:37 | 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

01:15 | May 22nd

Welcome to History on Fire. On this podcast feed you can find over 50 episodes of the History on Fire catalog featuring stories of Joan of Arc, Crazy Horse, gladiators in ancient Rome, and much more. For all new episodes of this show head to Luminary...Show More

01:17 | May 2nd

Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com

1:27:02 | Apr 27th

“Bits of weapons and horses' limbs lay about, and human heads fixed to tree-trunks. In groves nearby were barbaric altars, where the Germans had laid the tribunes and senior centurions and sacrificed them.” Tacitus “It stands on record that armies al...Show More

1:38:46 | 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

1:51:52 | 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

1:59:21 | 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

2:02:34 | 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

1:31:55 | 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

2:06:22 | 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

1:52:04 | 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

1:18:27 | 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

1:26:32 | 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

1:38:37 | 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

1:23:29 | 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.

2:13:10 | 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

2:35:31 | 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

2:11:11 | 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

1:48:49 | 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

1:48:03 | 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

2:21:46 | 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

2:07:51 | 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

2:04:48 | 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

1:44:47 | 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

1:28:50 | 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

2:13:34 | 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

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

2:30:16 | 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

2:10:03 | 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

1:34:09 | Apr 28th, 2017

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

2:19:35 | 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

2:05:25 | 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

2:12:50 | 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

1:25:18 | 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

1:52:07 | 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

2:03:24 | 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

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

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

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

14:48 | Sep 10th, 2015

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