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"How do you go from being a fishmonger recording yourself talking about Roman history to a businessman with sponsors, superior sound quality, and a fan base eagerly awaiting the release of the next season?"
Matthew Yglesias

Mike Duncan (TOW link) is an American podcaster, noted for his incredibly well-researched yet engaging non-fiction podcasts focusing on history. He's been at it for over ten years and counting and has since made "talking about history" his main gig. He has produced two major podcasts, The History of Rome (about, well, the history of The Roman Empire from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to the deposal of the last Western Augustus in 476) and Revolutions, about major revolutions in modern history. He also made a handful of political cartoons in the past and is the author of a New York Times best seller (on pre-orders alone) book about the late Roman Republic and how it is similar to the US circa 2016. Duncan's Twitter is also fun to follow if you are interested in a mix of opinion on current affairs, the history of Rome (and their relation to one another), Baseball and announcements for upcoming Podcast episodes. Duncan also occasionally answers fan questions via Twitter. Duncan has won a lot of praise for his work, cited as an inspiration for other history podcast and Web Video (Extra History in particular) and mainstream coverage from political pundits.

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Works

  • The History of Rome (2007-12)
  • Revolutions (2013-)
  • The Storm Before The Storm (2017) about the history of the Roman Republic in the generation before that of Caesar.
  • Extra History (2016). He worked as a guest writer for one (rather long) episode of the Brothers Gracchi series, explaining the history of the brothers' father, Tiberius Gracchus the Elder and how his little known life nonetheless powerfully shaped the careers of his sons, and the history of Rome to come.
  • Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (2021): Duncan's second book, a biography of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, and his roles in the American Revolution, the French Revolution of 1789, and the French (July) Revolution of 1830. To do the research on this subject, Duncan moved his family to Paris from July 2018 through April 2021, as the bulk of available sources are in French archives.
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