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The Turning Wheel covers the pivot points of human history, and the fascinating questions that underlie our civilization. Our special emphases are when civilizations made big shifts, without anyone really realizing it. Humans may fight these changes, but they often lose. From Marcus Aurelius's rule during the twilight years of the Pax Romana to city planning errors in the 20th century shaping how we live today, we cover a lot of ground. Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

The Turning Wheel covers the pivot points of human history, and the fascinating questions that underlie our civilization. Our special emphases are when civilizations made big shifts, without anyone really realizing it. Humans may fight these changes, but they often lose. From Marcus Aurelius's rule during the twilight years of the Pax Romana to city planning errors in the 20th century shaping how we live today, we cover a lot of ground. Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel
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The Turning Wheel covers the pivot points of human history, and the fascinating questions that underlie our civilization. Our special emphases are when civilizations made big shifts, without anyone really realizing it. Humans may fight these changes, but they often lose. From Marcus Aurelius's rule during the twilight years of the Pax Romana to city planning errors in the 20th century shaping how we live today, we cover a lot of ground. Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

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Episodes

E1.8 Why Marcus Aurelius Didn't Murder Commodus

5/21/2019
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Why did one of the greatest, most accomplished, and most morally-centered emperors in Roman history let an immoral tyrant succeed him? Marcus Aurelius knew how far the apple had fallen from the tree when it came to his son Commodus, yet acquiesced to his succession, setting aside a five-generation precedent of choosing emperors based on merit rather than blood. In any discussion of Marcus's life, it's this failure to cull his bad seed and set someone better on the throne that's held out...

Duration:00:29:52

E1.7 Biting The Hand That Feeds Him

5/13/2019
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The one man with the experience, position, and breeding to challenge Marcus Aurelius's claim to the throne decides to take a crack at him, and the Roman Empire is plunged into civil war. Gaius Avidius Cassius is no philosopher, and as the eastern legions swear allegiance to him and hail him as the new emperor, he issues a letter condemning Marcus for too much thinking, "about first principles and about the soul and about what is honourable and just, and has no thought for the State." He...

Duration:00:26:34

E1.6 Barbarians of the Frozen North

5/6/2019
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With the Roman Empire on its knees, Marcus Aurelius must raise and personally lead an army against the combined might of Germania and Sarmatia. Plague, famine, and economic ruin might have something to say about that. The Marcomannic wars have arrived. Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

Duration:00:26:36

E1.5 Plagues Forevermore

4/30/2019
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As the Roman Empire's first true disease epidemic rips it apart at the seams and brings an end to the halcyon days of the Pax Romona, the emperor Marcus Aurelius struggles to keep everything from falling apart. Over the course of a few years he loses at least 30% of his subjects to the Antonine Plague, the Germanic and Sarmatian tribes across the border attack in huge numbers, and the economy grounds to a halt. As his world unravels, Marcus leans more and more heavily on his Stoic Philosophy...

Duration:00:16:40

E1.4 What Stands in the Way, Becomes the Way.

4/25/2019
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After a talking snake cons their governor into a military disaster, The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius rushes to respond to the military crisis with Parthia as the conflict escalate to a full-scale war. We talk about the state of the Roman army after 40 years of relative peace, and how the Roman Generals manage to beat the Parthians horse-warrior advantage. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

Duration:00:17:58

E1.3 Never Let Yourself Be Hadrian

4/16/2019
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Hadrian's bad example taught Marcus how to avoid being a tyrant. Marcus's philosophy, Stoicism, and the example of his adoptive father, Antoninus Pius, showed him the right path. In this episode we discuss how a Stoic makes decisions, the high ideals Marcus brought to the job, and the new roads the new emperor's ideals led him down. Support this podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

Duration:00:28:14

E1.2 The 700 Year Stalemate, Round Four

4/5/2019
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Vologases IV did not wait. Antoninus Pius was barely cold in his grave when the Parthian King of Kings launched a surprise attack on Rome, hoping to catch the empire flat-footed. Now, the new emperor, Marcus Aurelius, must contend with a fierce horse warrior people who'd humbled talented Roman commanders in the past. We discuss the the long entanglement of Rome and the Parthians, and talk about Crassus's doomed expedition in the late Republican era, which cemented Parthia in the minds...

Duration:00:19:09

E1.1 Kingdom of Iron and Rust

4/5/2019
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Why didn't the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius kill his son Commodus? It probably sounds like a strange question, since we normally don't object to men refraining from the murder of their children, but Marcus Aurelius wasn't an average sort of man, and Commodus was far from an average son. In this series, we're going to examine the life of the man reigning over a civilization at the edge of a cliff. We'll not only be exploring how Marcus Aurelius, one of the best and most farsighted...

Duration:00:21:49