The History of India Podcast

Kit Patrick

+17 FANS
A light weekly podcast covering the history of India, from 6th century B.C. Enjoying the podcast? Please consider donating to the Snehal Sidhu Memorial Fund (http://tinyurl.com/prkvwll)
Looking for recently uploaded episodes
5.a Philosophy, by the book

24:30 | Jun 5th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Become a student of the great Jain thinker HariBhadra. His novels have thrilled you. His satires have scanadlised you. His logics have perplexed you. Now listen to his lightening fast summary of all the important point...Show More
4.12 Back by the withering sand

41:59 | May 30th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We join the great Pratihara king Vatsaraja, at his lowest moment. With the whole of North India in his power, he is defeated and flees across the mountains into the great desert. We uncover the stories of the people an...Show More
5.11 On taking two umbrellas

38:34 | May 23rd

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Everyone wants the imperial city of Kanyakubja lies at the center. The great Partihara king of the west wants to re-establish his family's image. The great Pala king of the west wants to become the first emperor from h...Show More
5.10 On the way out

49:33 | Apr 23rd

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Umayyad armies go beyond al-Sind, trying to establish a new province in al-Hind proper. But their successes won't last. They will be driven back, twice. And shortly after, the entire Umayyad empire will collapse in...Show More
5.9 On the way to Hind

55:20 | Apr 6th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, a tale of bridge engineering, bloodthirsty generals, widowed queens, the first mosque in South Asia, and lots and lots of gold. We tell the story of how the Ummayid caliphate came to invade Sind.
5.8 On the door

42:09 | Mar 23rd

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, the Rajputs arrive on the scene with the earliest of Rajput clans, the Pratiharas. But where did they come from? Did they see themselves as Rajputs? What did they do after they had emerged? The answers might...Show More
5.7 How to prevent fish on fish crime

38:56 | Mar 6th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Bengal's kings are dying daily. The land is in chaos. It's been this way for years. But, according to the legend, a man from the north will come and build a stable kingdom. This time, the legend is true. This episode, ...Show More
5.6 Those who live on campaign...

54:58 | Feb 2nd

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Lalitaditya had grand plans. He would make Kashmir into an empire, spanning all of India and outside of it too. His armies would walk the deserts of the silk road, sail the seas of the bay of Bengal, and walk the Weste...Show More
5.5 On top of the world

43:55 | Jan 26th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Travel to the top of India, the mountain valley of Kashmir. This is the story of the three brother-kings of Kashmir. The kind brother, the cruel brother, and the conqueror. Hear the story of their parents, how their ki...Show More
5.4 Onward, Mauryan empire

45:31 | Jan 19th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com)This week, the last of the Mauryan emperors. He will restore his family's glory, conquering the entire world. Well, more or less. Listen and meet a forgotten legend. WARNING: some gore, blood, descriptions of death.
5.3 On the edge of renown

30:37 | Jan 12th

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, two kingdoms tie themselves together with marriage. They expand their lands, regain their independence. They do everything to imitate the glorious rise of empires past. And then... they fade to nothing.
5.2 The lake on the hills

49:44 | Jan 3rd

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of Nepal, from the formation of the Himalayan lands, through it's earliest inscriptions, to the king who refused to be king. This episode, we get up to date with what is going on in the kingdom to the North o...Show More
5.1 Carry on, Pataliputra

38:16 | Dec 26th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Emperor Harsha is dead. With him, the last great Indian empire of the first millenium collapses into chaos. Or so the story goes. Down in the ruins of Pataliputra, things seem a bit different. The old families ruled be...Show More
5.0 Bumbling on bumbling

23:22 | Dec 19th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A brief introduction to series 5: a preview as we plunge into the medieval age. We'll have a quick chat about Islam and whether there even was a medieval age. All wrapped up with one of my favorite stories.
4.K Joy in ruins

57:50 | Oct 24th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A time-travellers tour through the heartlands of the Chaulikyan empire. See the new South Indian style of art being invented, stage by stage. Spot the hidden gems, the out of the way sites, the temples which slowly giv...Show More
3.T By sea

43:50 | Oct 5th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, set sail across the ocean with Indian merchants. We follow the Chinese monk Faxian as he crosses Gupta North India. We see the rituals of sea travelers, sample the sights and sounds of the great port of anci...Show More
3.S Engulfed by Jade

50:35 | Sep 17th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We spend another week in the Indian-influenced land of the Tarim basin. This week, we spend time in the legendary city of Khotan. We hear stories of its founding, meet its king, and hear how the children of the city ar...Show More
3.R Chewed over by the master

56:32 | Aug 30th, 2018

This week, we travel over the Himalayas, and climb down the other side into the great desert basin. We spend time in a city on the northern ring of the desert, Kucha. It's a city deeply influenced by Indian thought and Indian people. We follow the mo...Show More
4.J The smile on the skull

53:35 | Aug 15th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This is the tale of the land of the red river, North East India. Come on a journey along the banks, and hear the stories of this place: the tales of its legendary founder, a man named after hell itself; the rise and fa...Show More
3.Q From dusk till dawn

51:27 | Aug 1st, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we return to the caves of Ajanta. But we have good company: an artist and college lecturer has come to tell us about her memories of visiting, what she saw, and the special place of the paintings in modern I...Show More
4.I The cheer of twigs

48:28 | Jul 25th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we see how the landscape of the Pallavas was shaped. We follow it from before history began, through the years as irrigation is built. Warning: some sound issues including, but not limited to, making fun of ...Show More
4.H The sport of drunkards and other stories

49:51 | Jul 11th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We meet one of the great characters of the age: Mahendravarman, king of the Pallavas. We get to know his wicked humour, and listen to one of his sharp-tongued plays. In this episode: drunken priests, lusty monks, booze...Show More
4.G The joy of serpants and other stories

51:25 | Jul 4th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com)All you ever needed to know about become an author in the court of Harsha, emperor of India. Find out a day in the life of an author. Try your hand at solving some of their puzzles. Meet the leading authors at court, ea...Show More
4.F Once they lived in the town in joy and happiness

54:11 | Jun 27th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, the cities of North India empty. The traders lock down their stalls and move off with their baggage. The craftsmen's tools fall silent. And the king and his generals are left in the silent husk of the city. ...Show More
4.e The joys of the victory (part 2: the south)

44:09 | Jun 20th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Jainism once dominated life and culture in South India: Jain kings ruled with Jain monk advisors, and at court they listened to epic tales written by Jains, and ruled over their people many of whom followed Jainism. By...Show More
4 d. The joys of victory (part 1)

52:15 | Mar 30th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Jainism has shaped Indian thought over the millenia, and continues to do so today. This week, we find out what life was like as a Jain in the time of Harsha. How did they worship? Where did they fit into society? What ...Show More
4.C The laughter of the monks grows silent

49:54 | Feb 20th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) In the marketplaces and fields of ancient India, would you notice that Buddhism was gradually disappearing? Many ancient Indians did. And we take a layman's view as the monasteries withdraw from the world and at the sa...Show More
4.B Joy in the kingdom of brothers (part B)

48:41 | Jan 27th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Second of the special episodes on ancient Gujurat. This week, we visit the internationally famous university of Vallabhi, and we hear how the story of the local kingdom weaves together with the stories of great empires...Show More
4.A Joy in the kingdom of brothers (part a)

43:35 | Jan 13th, 2018

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We kick off our special episodes for the series with a tour of the smaller kingdoms and regions emerging around India. This week, we are in the peninsular of Gujurat, in a strange kingdom where they pass the throne dow...Show More
4.16 The end of mirth

32:24 | Dec 30th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great emperor Harsha's death and the destruction of his empire. Told through the eyes of the Chinese emissaries Harsha loved.
4.15 How to regain happiness

42:07 | Dec 21st, 2017

When a great emperor suddenly falls, what happens to his empire? This week, we continue the story of Polekeshin II to his sudden disappearance. For 13 years, his empire is plunged into darkness. But an heir will emerge, and will rebuild the empire hi...Show More
4.14 The loss of mirth

53:42 | Dec 13th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A young prince flees his capital city. The prince will go on to beat the great emperor Harsha, and establish his own empire. But his is not just the story of a dynasty. For in his story, the state of Karnataka emerges ...Show More
4.13 The mirth of the monk

43:08 | Nov 16th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, emperor Harsha tracks down a famous chinese monk. When the emperor and monk eventually meet, there is a great meeting of minds. Along the way, towers will burn down, the treasury will be emptied, and the emp...Show More
4.12 The mirth of the moon

44:31 | Nov 10th, 2017

We continue the story of Harsha, last emperor of ancient India. The thirty years of bloodshed has begun, when Harsha will send his armies around India, forging his empire. We watch Harsha's army turn east, folowing it through the deserted kingdoms an...Show More
4.11 The clash of mirth

43:17 | Nov 1st, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Harsha prepares for battle. We follow him through the battle day, from before he wakes up, through the inspection of his army, the preparation of his battle-line, into the battle itself. Hear the battle tactics used by...Show More
4.10 The hero of mirth

55:23 | Oct 25th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We follow an ancient Indian king as he prepares for war. Should he fight openly and honorably? Should he use sneaky tricks? Or should he find a third way? We consider his decisions as he plans his campaign, charts his ...Show More
4.9 The rescue of mirth

50:33 | Oct 18th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We continue with the story of the great emperor Harsha. He is alone. His family have almost all passed away. Only one remains: his sister, last heard of locked away in an enemy jail. We follow Harsha as he goes in sear...Show More
4.8 The march of mirth

49:55 | Oct 12th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the great emperor Harsha continues as he finally sits on the throne. But there is much for the young king to learn. The ministers form factions and compete for his attention. The people of the countryside ...Show More
4.7 The trials of mirth (reuploaded)

47:18 | Oct 9th, 2017

***reuploaded due to itunes trouble***(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the great emperor Harsha continues with the bleakest of episodes. Harsha's family and friends will die around him. And modern historians have accused him of killing hi...Show More
4.7 The trials of mirth

47:18 | Oct 4th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the great emperor Harsha continues with the bleakest of episodes. Harsha's family and friends will die around him. And modern historians have accused him of killing his brother. Was he guilty? You are invi...Show More
4.6 The youth of mirth

35:09 | Sep 28th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the great emperor Harsha continues. This week, the man himself finally enters the world. We hear about his birth, his childhood gang of friends. And we watch as, one by one, the children around him are for...Show More
4.5 The beginning of mirth

53:06 | Sep 21st, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great Emperor Harsha's family: from its beginnings in black magic and legend, through the long hard years serving greater kings, to the emerging of the family once again into the eye of history. Along the way, we h...Show More
4.4 The bard of mirth

42:19 | Sep 15th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week the history of India podcast gets personal. We get to know the great writer, Bana. We hear about his tragic childhood. His wild, party driven youth. We hang out in his village, meet his friends. And then we s...Show More
4.3 The cruel pleasures of the moon

41:22 | Aug 23rd, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great city Pataliputra is at peace. But the good times cannot last. Soon, its start to squabble amongst themselves. A new power emerges to take advantage: the moon king will gain a tight grip on the city, and oppre...Show More
4.2 The end of excitement

30:27 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week, two kingdoms wage war up and down the banks of the Ganges. In the great city of Pataliputra, the kings are fighting desperately to avoid the fate of fallen empires. They will win victories, only to jump into the flames themselves. They wil...Show More
4.1 Excitement at the end of empire

34:42 | Jul 26th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Gupta empire is crumbling. A time of great uncertainty and fear for some, and a time of excitement for others. This week, we meet two kings working for the Guptas. But, before long, they will both be independent ki...Show More
4.0 Happily bumbling into even more mishaps

26:24 | Jul 12th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A brief introduction to series 4, apology for all the errors, with an ancient Indian story to compensate.
3.P You will now be seen by the doctor

39:00 | Jun 29th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Doctors. Ancient Indians looked down on them. But this week, we'll be finding out what it would be like when an ancient Indian patient needed them. We look for cures in the Buddhist monastery, and take a trip to the ho...Show More
3.O zero by 7922851426433759354390336

47:47 | Jun 21st, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of ancient Indian mathematics from its earliest days stacking bricks to build altars, to infinity and beyond. We meet the work of the great Gupta-era mathematician, Aryabhata. Along the way we hear ancient In...Show More
3.N By the bower of the heavenly tree

52:57 | Jun 13th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we get to know the greatest poet and playwright of ancient India: Kalidasa. We hear the legend of how he found his talent through the strained relationship with his demanding wife. We explore his life as a p...Show More
3.M Infatuated by the empire

55:51 | Jun 6th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, get a job in the ancient Gupta empire. We look at the life of a soldier, a policeman, and a civil servant. But getting a place in the empire won't be as easy as you might think.
3.L Soaked by gold

50:18 | May 24th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) According to legend, if you travel by sea east from India and eventually you will reach the land of gold. But only the bravest adventurers dare make the journey. We follow them to the islands and states of South East A...Show More
3.K A farm by the hills

56:01 | May 18th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Ancient North East India. We take a podcasty walk from an ancient farm in the valleys up into the hills where the Kiratas live, walking through the landscape rich with trees and caves, and hearing the legends of hill a...Show More
3.J Bounded by the hills

47:23 | May 10th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Ancient North East India. Cut off from the world by a ring of mountains; it's people living uneventful and simple lives. Well...not quite. This week we pay our first visit to the region; hear the stories of the folk li...Show More
3.i Don't buy the pyg in the poke

51:52 | Apr 9th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Everything you ever needed to know about buying and running a farm in ancient India. Learn how to navigate the paper work required to buy a farm. Get advice on what to grow, and how. Hear how to pay your agricultural t...Show More
3.H Side by side (bonus material)

36:15 | Apr 8th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) How best to get inside the shoes of ancient Indians? Through the stomach! This episode, some friends cook some ancient Indian meals and give them a tasting. Will we adopt an ancient Indian diet? Will we be up all night...Show More
3.G Side by side

50:18 | Apr 1st, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We cook a meal for some ancient Indians. From buying ingredients down the market, to working in the Kitchen, to the meal itself. We might also indulge in a bit of smoking and drinking afterwards.
3.F Study by the stupa

57:49 | Mar 22nd, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Students from around the known world set out with their books. They are heading for one location. The great monastery in Northern India: Nalanda. We join them on their journey into the complex, and take part in debates...Show More
3.E Chased by the dusk

49:56 | Mar 18th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We return to the Ajanta Caves for a second special episode. In this episode, the emperor is building his own cave, grander than all the others. The story of the cave is the story of the empire: it is constructed and fo...Show More
3.D Captured by the dawn (part 1)

46:27 | Mar 8th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Ajanta Caves. A world famous collection of caves where Buddhists worshipped for years.... well, not exactly. The caves were abandoned half way through construction. They tell the story of the building of a great in...Show More
3.13 Goodbye to empire

46:16 | Feb 23rd, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, two empires will fall. As the grand Gupta empire retreats to the east and falls apart, we see its inner workings exposed. And we watch the small states squabble and fight over its legacy. The stage is set fo...Show More
3.12 Protected by the lion man

45:35 | Feb 15th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Two rulers fight over Northern India. The emperor of the Guptas, a gentle man devoted to Buddhism. The king of the Huns, a self-made man devoted to conquest. This week, the war between these two men, the final war betw...Show More
3.11 Ruled by rebels

38:16 | Feb 8th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) It's festival time, and the streets of Pataliputra are busy with the sound of celebration. But the celebrations won't last. Emperors will fall like flies. The empire will be filled with rebellious states. The Huns will...Show More
3.i The path between two rivers

48:50 | Feb 1st, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Ever strolled through a museum absent mindedly, when all the exhibits seem to blur into one. What would happen if you took just one exhibit found out everything you could about it: where it was originally placed, what ...Show More
2.i The abduction of queen Kakati

15:38 | Jan 18th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A sculpture from an ancient Indian monastery carries us away on the wings of a bird of legend. Link to image: http://bit.ly/2jHcZbr
1.ii The Fly Whisker

22:05 | Jan 11th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com). The Didarganj Yakshi, a beautiful life-size statue of a woman. We hear how she was discovered, and became an international agent, and her place in ancient Pataliputra. Link to image: http://bit.ly/2jHWQ5R
1.i The artefacts bumble

11:45 | Jan 11th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Quick introduction to the mini-episodes on artworks and artefacts. Short ancient Indian story by way of compensation.
3.10 Protected by destruction (part 2)

36:12 | Jan 4th, 2017

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The fortunes of the Gupta family are ruined. The empire has splintered into a dozen warring factions. The huns are already inside India, and at the gates of the empire. This is the tale of how emperor Skandagupta overc...Show More
3.8 Protected by the prince

46:16 | Dec 21st, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Gupta empire enjoys a peaceful slumber, as its golden age draws on. Its borders are and provinces are run by a closely-knit, competent and loyal family. But, in this episode, a family disagreement will tear the emp...Show More
3.7 Sculpted by iron

40:16 | Dec 14th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The tale of the famous Iron Pillar of Delhi and emperor Chandragupta II, from the construction of the pillar to the inscription of the emperor's tale.
3.6 Soaked by gold

38:08 | Dec 7th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The golden age of the Guptas is about to begin. A new emperor takes the throne in a wave of scandel: Chandragupta II. Despite his shaky start, he will soon be revealed as a talented ruler, a victorious warrior, and his...Show More
3.c Colored by sound (part 2)

58:26 | Nov 30th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) What music did ancient Indians hear? What songs did they sing? We track down the folk tune and ritual chants of ancient Indians. Along the way, we pass through a lovesick country addicted to the lyre, and an epic battl...Show More
3.b Colored by sound (part 1)

42:05 | Nov 24th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we go hear the notes and beats of ancient Indian music, and hear some of the instruments. (2nd of 3 specials about Gupta performance art.)
3.a Sacrifice by sight

45:07 | Nov 16th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we go to see an ancient Indian play. (1st of 3  specials about Gupta performance art.)
3.5 Killed by cowardice

47:53 | Nov 9th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Historians uncovered an ancient play about an unknown emperor, killed by his brother and the woman they both loved. The play turned out to have more truth than anyone suspected. It may have even been a cover-up, a dist...Show More
3.4 South by southwest

41:29 | Nov 2nd, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great conqueror of ancient India turns his attention south. We follow him through forests, along sandy rivers, down the coast and into South India. And we hear how he shaped the world outside India too.
3.3 Protected by the sea

49:17 | Oct 26th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the great conqueror of ancient India. We follow him through his first campaign, the snake wars. And we see if he really earns his title: the Napoleon of India.
3.2 Hidden by the moon

39:31 | Oct 18th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The founding of the Gupta empire, built by alliance and war. In this episode, it emerges from the patchwork of small states and dominates the valley of the Ganges. But the first emperor's plan to pass the empire on to ...Show More
3.1 Surrounded by small kings

42:35 | Oct 11th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) It's the late 3rd century, and the world is changing. Empires which dominated India have crumbled, leaving a patchwork of small states. We see what this new world looked like from the great city of Pataliputra, and mee...Show More
3.0 More mishaps by the bumbling historian

14:52 | Oct 6th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A brief introduction to the series and a story from perhaps the greatest Sanskrit writer of them all.
2 J Poets and archers (part 2 of 2)

49:08 | Sep 15th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Cheras: crowned kings of South India. They ruled ancient Kerala and beyond as a family estate. This episode, we hear about the Chera kings from outsiders, through the stories and lives of the smaller chieftans of S...Show More
2 I Poets and archers (part 1 of 2)

35:41 | Sep 14th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Cheras: crowned kings of South India. They ruled ancient Kerala and beyond as a family estate. This episode, we cover the first dynasty of the Cheras as told by their court poets. Third of three specials on South I...Show More
2 H The civilized and the barbarian

37:44 | Sep 7th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we meet the barbarians. Outsiders from tribes in the hills to kings from foreign lands. What was it like to live as an outsider? What was it like to live alongside them? Listen, and find out.
2 G Women, law and life

43:22 | Aug 24th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) If you were an ancient Indian woman, would you choose to be a nun or a wife? This episode has all you need to decide this thorny question, from the legal facts to words of wisdom from ancient Indian women themselves. W...Show More
2 F Poets and Fish

48:01 | Aug 10th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Pandiyas: crowned kings of South India, famous for hosting the legendary 'Sangam' academies of poets. We dig into those legends of the patrons and their poets, and unearth the truth within. Plus, a bonus quiz. Seco...Show More
2 E Poets and tigers

38:15 | Jul 27th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Cholas: crowned kings of South India, people of the sun, their tiger flags leading their armies into battle. We meet their kings and poets and hear about their generous spirit, their homeland, and their fates. Firs...Show More
2 D Stupas and stupefaction

49:08 | Jul 13th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) In this special episode we take a virtual tour around the famous Buddhist monuments at Sanchi. We find a hidden stupa, search for the stories in the carvings, see through the invisible Buddha figures. And we see how th...Show More
2 C India, Rome, and the Red Sea

42:04 | Jun 28th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We continue our business trip from ancient India to Rome. We stop at Islands populated by Indian sailors, cross the great desert to the Nile, and finally making our way through the streets of Rome to sell our wares in ...Show More
2 B India, Rome, and the High Seas

43:18 | Jun 16th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A business trip from Ancient India to Rome, stopping along the way to peer into spice carts heading for the coast, Indian ships, and the curious story of the Romans and the monsoon winds.
2 A The householder, the slave, and the wardrobe

44:39 | Jun 2nd, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) In this special episode, we live a morning in the life of a rich householder in Kushana India. Where did they wake up? What did they wear? And much more besides. Along the way we stop in on his wife and his slave.
2.14 The Kushans and the menace from the West

44:19 | May 5th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, the end of the Kushan empire. The old order is crumbling. Roman emperors are slaughtered, China splinters, and the Kushan empire is beaten by a new menace from the west. What was it like to live in the age w...Show More
2.13 Kanishka and the wonder of the world

47:59 | Apr 27th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Kanishka stupa deserves its place amongst the wonders of the world. But its splendor has been long forgotten, and the stupa itself has been wiped out. This week, we set about rediscovering it. We look at the constr...Show More
2.12 Kanishka and friends

39:33 | Apr 20th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Kanishka the Great has conquered India. This week, we get to know him intimately, by getting to know his friends: the doctor, the minister and the poet-monk. We hear their stories, how they influenced the great warrior...Show More
2.11 Kanishka and the city of flowers

44:27 | Apr 13th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great city of Pataliputra had been destroyed. In this episode, the city will be rebuilt. But as soon as it reappears on the world stage, it will attract the attention of one of the greatest conquers in Indian histo...Show More
2.10 India and the edge of the world

40:14 | Mar 29th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the Kushans. An empire caught between two continents: its body is in India, but it left its heart back in central Asia. So all its central Asian customs are brought into India: warm clothes, pointy hats, a...Show More
2.9 Out of the steppe and into the city

33:00 | Mar 17th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We travel with a tribe of nomads from China across the vast grasslands to central Asia. There, they finally settle down into the cities on India's doorstep. They unite, form an empire, and get ready to invade India its...Show More
2.8 Kings and calendars

55:28 | Mar 10th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Old tales tell of a king who threw out the invaders, full of cleverness and wisdom, a man so generous that he was always willing to sacrifice his own life to help one of his subjects. He founded his own calendar, which...Show More
2.7 The conqueror and his mother

40:22 | Mar 2nd, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The Indian empires strike back. For too long, the Shaka invaders have dominated the land, and plundered its riches. This week, a new Indian king will take the throne. By force and guile he will throw the invaders back,...Show More
2.6 Poet-kings and politicians

40:20 | Feb 24th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) India is being invaded by outsiders. But the rulers of its last empire are distracted by more sensual matters. As the invaders close in, we listen to the rulers and their people on matters of love and loss. And we trac...Show More
2.5 India and the Great Wall of China

34:42 | Feb 17th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) India is under attack. Tribes fleeing from the great wall of China pour into India. We watch the first invasions sweep in from the North West. How far did these alien people get? How alien were they? Listen, and find o...Show More
2.4 Chess and the emptiness of Pataliputra

41:27 | Feb 11th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The once grand Imperial capital has lost its lustre. Its people watch as the great and good leave their city. Those that remain face repeated invasion from west, south and north. In this episode we meet these invaders,...Show More
2.3 The Prince and the Greek

36:24 | Feb 4th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) An ancient Indian love poem leads us to the pinnacle of two great houses: the Shungas who inherited an Indian empire, and the Indo-Greeks. After their fateful meeting, we watch as both houses begin their steady decline...Show More
2.2 The Greeks and the Indian homeland

37:53 | Jan 27th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Ancient Afghanistan: rich and fertile. Its Greek kings are powerful and ambitious enough to try to carve a new empire in India, cutting through the ruins of the old empire all the way to the walls of its grand capital ...Show More
2.1 The kingslayer and his horses

30:33 | Jan 20th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of the general who ended an empire. To consolidate his power, the general became a passionate supporter of the old-time religion. We look at the accusation that he persecuted the rival, Buddhist sect. And we ...Show More
2.0 The bumbling historian and his mad plan

13:25 | Jan 20th, 2016

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) An introduction and apology for the series. What we'll be talking about, how I'll screw it up, and how a mysterious red liquor almost ruined ancient India.
1.G The sayings of seers (part 2)

45:57 | Dec 22nd, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We look at the lost religion of ancient India. We see its doctrines and seemingly harsh practices through the eyes of rival sects. And we ask how the apparent hostility between these sects changed the lives of average ...Show More
1.F The Merchants of Magadha

42:56 | Dec 2nd, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The guilds of ancient India. Trusted by townsfolk, feared by kings. This week, we find out how to join an ancient guild, and what to expect once you're a member. Then we take a voyage across Mauryan India with a member...Show More
1.E The Sayings of Seers

54:08 | Nov 18th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) In this episode, we look at how religion affected the life of the average ancient Indian.What rituals and sacrifices did an ancient Indian householder perform? What different religious views and ways of life did an anc...Show More
1.D The carving of society - a conversation

30:32 | Nov 4th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) We're joined by Prakhar Manas for a discussion of caste in ancient history, and it's effect on modern India.
1.D The carvings of society

47:57 | Nov 4th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we tackle the thorny issue of caste, and how important it was to day-to-day life in ancient India.
1.C The three crowned kings of Tamilakam

47:10 | Oct 21st, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week we travel down to the three great kingdoms of South India: the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Cheras. Sources are hard to find. We read them all and discover a unique culture with beautiful poetry and great citi...Show More
1.11 The end of an empire

48:35 | Oct 7th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A generation after Ashoka's death his empire had vanished. This week, we meet some of the emperors desperately hanging on as their world decays around them. And we test the accusation that Ashoka's empire collapsed bec...Show More
1.10 Kingdom without sorrow

46:33 | Sep 30th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Sovereignty is only possible with assistance; a single wheel cannot move alone. Ashoka the Great took this maxim to heart, and built a huge government machine to assist him. This week, Ashoka must struggle to avoid bei...Show More
1.9 Virtue without sorrow

53:08 | Sep 23rd, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com). On the battlefield at Kalinga the victorious emperor Ashoka decided to follow his conscience, no matter what. This week we find out where Ashoka's conscience lead him. We about hear his messages to his people, carved ...Show More
1.8 Conscience without sorrow

41:29 | Sep 16th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The first of three podcasts on the great emperor Ashoka. We meet his wives, and hear of his path to power over the bodies of his brothers. We go right up until the defining moment of his life, on the battlefield at Kal...Show More
1.7: The honesty of ambassadors

37:06 | Sep 8th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week we look at the tall tales about India told by three Greek ambassadors to the courts of Mauryan emperors.
1.6 The removal of thorns

35:26 | Sep 1st, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we look at the cunning statesman Kautilya. He wrote a book crammed full with cunning ideas on how to rule a kingdom. And he had personal experience backing up these ideas: together with his student he conque...Show More
1.5 The throne of the peacock

34:17 | Aug 25th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week, we witness the founding of the great Mauryan empire. It will become unmatched in its size and power until the modern era. But it all starts with a young man, Chandragupta Maurya, his cunning teacher Kautilya...Show More
1.A The legacy of foreign emperors

37:05 | Aug 18th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The first special episode on matters away from the main storyline. In this episode we look at the Persian empire in India. Health warning: the second part of this episode contains strong political views. Coarse sentime...Show More
1.B The ignorance of foreign kings

30:35 | Aug 18th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A bonus special episode on Alexander the Great's stampede through North-West India. How he was ushered into India a conquering hero without a fight, and how his army massacred those who were strong enough to resist and...Show More
1.4 The treasure of low-born kings

32:31 | Aug 11th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week we breeze through three dynasties of kings in one jam-packed episode. None of them end well. The dynasty of Bimbisara comes to an end in bloody infamy. The dynasty of Sushinga comes to an end in bloody betray...Show More
1.3 The Envy of Princes

40:02 | Aug 3rd, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The downfall of Bimbisara king of Magadha. The rise of his son Ajatashatru to the throne, and two of his wars.
1.2 The Shrewdness of King Bimbisara

35:51 | Jul 28th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The story of Bimbisara, ancient king of Magadha. He was a contemporary of the Buddha and Mahavira, and by cunning marriages and warfare doubled the size of Magadha and more than doubled its prestige.
1.1 The 16 great houses of ancient India

38:32 | Jul 25th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) A wander through the mahajanapadas who dominated northern India during the 6th cenutury b.c. This is the world of Buddha and Mahavira.
1.0 The apology of a bumbling historian

21:57 | Jul 25th, 2015

(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Introduction to the podcast. What we will be talking about, where, and how I'll screw it up. Includes a favourite Indian story as part compensation. Updated Feb 2018.