Ancient History

Ancient History

Join Dave Stotts on an adventure through world history as he tells the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the ancient world, and how those ancient civilizations and the Christian faith helped give rise to Western Civilization...

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Ancient History
  • Episode 1: The Rise of Western Civilization

    In this first episode, we explore the founding and expansion of one of the most recognized civilizations in the ancient world, Rome. We visit the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Arch of Titus. We examine the intersection between the lives of Caesar Augustus and Jesus of Nazareth, two of the m...

  • Episode 2: The Age of Conflict

    We continue our journey through ancient Rome. We learn how the depravity and tyranny of Emperor Nero burned indelible scars into the Roman Empire, witness chariot races at the Circus Maximus, and walk the ruins of the Colosseum where they held gruesome gladiator games. We investigate the extreme ...

  • Episode 3: A Time of Challenges

    In this episode, we trace the epic exploits of Hannibal, one of Rome’s most relentless, strategic, and dangerous rivals. We step into the crossfire between Carthage and Rome in the Punic Wars and examine one of the most studied battles in ancient history. We peer more deeply into the lives of tho...

  • Episode 4: Roots of Democracy

    We’re off to Greece, where we dive into ancient Greek culture. We study the life and legacy of Homer, the famous poet who produced the Iliad and Odyssey and paved the way for modern literature. We trek to the peak of Mount Parnassus to investigate the infamous Oracle at Delphi, travel with the Ap...

  • Episode 5: Challenges of a New Religion

    In this episode, we trace the footsteps of Saul of Tarsus as he radically shifted to become the Apostle Paul, a man of extreme courage and faith. We walk the streets of Athens and analyze Greek philosophy, architecture, and culture. We visit the ruins of the Acropolis, the center of Greek pagan w...

  • Episode 6:  The Spread of Christianity

    We continue to trace the timeline of Christianity from East to West. We explore the streets of ancient Corinth, a port city bustling with life, trade, and immorality. We take a glimpse into the daily life of the Apostle Paul during his months in Corinth, experience the extreme corruption Christia...

  • Episode 7: East Meets West

    In this episode, we trek across Asia Minor to unearth the roots of Western Civilization. We begin by unraveling the history and archeology of the ancient city of Smyrna on the shore of the Aegean Sea. We meet a man named Polycarp whose martyrdom left an indelible mark on Christian history. We wal...

  • Episode 8: Ruins and Romans

    In this episode, we venture through the fertile Lycus Valley in the heart of Asia Minor with a mission to visit three cities that thrived during the 1st century: Hierapolis, Laodicea, and Colossae. We explore the grounds surrounding the Temple of Apollo, where people once believed the gateway to ...

  • Episode 9: The Advancement of Knowledge

    We meander through the Roman ruins of what was arguably the largest and most crucial city of Asia Minor during the New Testament era, Ephesus. We walk the halls of ancient libraries to learn how they revolutionized the ancient world’s access to knowledge and ultimately opened the doorway to moder...

  • Episode 10: Heart of Stone

    In this episode, we venture deep into the heart of Turkey, approximately 300 miles from the city of Ephesus, to the remote region of Cappadocia. We explore ancient caves and dwellings carved into stone to uncover how this region stood as the first gateway from the civilized eastern hemisphere to ...

  • Episode 11: Constantine and Constantinople

    We drive deep into a city that once prevailed as the heart of Western Civilization, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). We witness the battle of thrones over this legendary city, trail the footsteps of Roman Emperor Constantine, and examine the religious freedoms Constantine gave to the Christ...

  • Episode 12: The Best of the Ancient World

    In this final episode, we retrace our footsteps across the map of ancient history. We take a seat in the Roman Colosseum and discuss the grave implications of Emperor Claudius’ lust for the brutality of his gladiator games. We then jump back in the Mini Cooper and speed through Greece, straight u...