The Rhine

By Joe Rigodanzo

On Going since Nov 2015 • Updated weekly

The Rhine River has been the fault line of Europe since the Roman Republic, and ever since it has separated two of the world’s greatest powers: France and Germany. We tell stories and legends about conflicts between Roman legions and Germanic warriors, and then skip ahead to see how events on this frontier contributed to WWI, WWII, and continue to shape politics and economics today.

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  Direct Link   Download 103 Minutes 17 Jul 2017

We follow the Vandals from the area around modern-day Berlin to Tunisia. One of the great adventures in the ancient world.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 28 Jun 2017

Covering the years 410 - 416, the Goths are on the move again. From now on we'll call these Goths "Visigoths". . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 15 May 2017

Covering the years 408 - 410 in Italy, this was our favorite show to write and produce. www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 08 May 2017

Covering 405 - 409 CE, we watch two groups of barbarians merge and threaten the very heart of the Western Roman Empire.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 01 May 2017

We take a close look at the 3 tribes that crossed the frozen Rhine river on New Year's Eve of the year 406 and wreaked havoc on Roman Gaul.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 17 Apr 2017

Covering the years 402 - 406, we discuss the changing nature of the Roman state, particularly in the west.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 10 Apr 2017

Covering the years 395 - 402, Alaric and the Goths turn their attention to the Western Roman Empire, led by a general named Stilicho.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 03 Apr 2017

Covering 395, the Romans suffer massive attacks on two fronts.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 27 Mar 2017

Covering the years 382 - 395, the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire are set on a collision course, and the Goths are caught in the middle.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 20 Mar 2017

This week, we cover the war of words between the Bishop Ambrose of Milan and the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius "the Great.". . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 13 Mar 2017

Covering 378-382, we cover the aftermath of the Battle of Adrianople.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 06 Mar 2017

Covering the year 378, it's the climax of the migrant crisis, as the Roman Emperors Valens and Gratian close in on Gothic positions in the eastern Balkans.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 27 Feb 2017

Part 2 of our series on the Goths who crossed into Roman territory in 376. For more content from "The Rhine" check us on on twitter and facebook!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 20 Feb 2017

Covering the years 376-377, two desperate Gothic tribes run from a Hunnic army end up begging for food and shelter on the edge of the Roman Empire.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 13 Feb 2017

The arrival of the Huns in 375 CE signals the beginning of a new European epoch. First on the chopping block: the Goths.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 06 Feb 2017

The Roman Empire is expanding, causing all sorts of conflicts with it's neighbors, including the Germanic Quadi tribe in the middle Danube.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 30 Jan 2017

We tell the unorthodox story of Wulfila, a Roman prisoner living among the Goths. Twitter: @rhinecast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 155 Minutes 05 Dec 2016

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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 14 Nov 2016

In this one I answer a few questions that I haven't been able to embed into the longer storytelling episodes. It's been a year of podcasting. Thank you so much for listening! We are going to take a short break, but we'll be back soon.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 07 Nov 2016

Covering 336-337, it's the foundation of one of the world's greatest cities and the end of the reign of Constantine. The Rhine is supported by you! To help us out on the research and production of the show, click here Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 31 Oct 2016

Great men are not always good. The Rhine is supported by you! To help us out on the research and production of the show, click here Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 24 Oct 2016

Constantine marches his army through the Alps to attack Maxentius. To support the show: www.rhinecast.com/donate Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 17 Oct 2016

Constantine is thrown into the political maelstrom. The Rhine is supported by our fantastic listeners! Support the show at www.rhinecast.com/donate Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 03 Oct 2016

Covering the years 306 - 311, we tell the story of Constantine's complicated relationship with the Germanii, then shift to a dramatic series of political events in Italy. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 26 Sep 2016

Finally, we tell our first story about Constantine, a man who re-shaped Europe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 19 Sep 2016

Covering the years 296 - 305, we continue continue through the somewhat controversial reign of Diocles / Diocletian. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 12 Sep 2016

Diocles (Diocletian) is often credited for bringing the gold old days back to Rome. But one part of the Empire wasn't doing so well. This week, we cover a fascinating insurgencies in Belgica. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 05 Sep 2016

We cover the rise of Diocletian, and dispel a few myths Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 29 Aug 2016

Covering the years 276 - 282, it's the reign of the so-called honest Emperor. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 22 Aug 2016

Our final episode on my favorite Emperor: Aurelian. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 15 Aug 2016

Covering the years 272-273, our rough-and-tumble Emperor Aurelian has a spiritual awakening. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 08 Aug 2016

The Roman Empire continues to fragment, but perhaps one man has the willpower to fix it. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 01 Aug 2016

Covering the year 268, we tell stories from the biggest invasion of Roman territory in the 3rd century: the epic Gothic sea reaving.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 25 Jul 2016

Covering the years 260 - 268, the Roman Empire is falling apart and the Emperor Gallienus tries to save it - but he can't do it alone. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 18 Jul 2016

Covering the critical year 260, we spend more time on the aftermath of the Rome's disastrous defeat at the hand of the Iranians, also known as the Sassanian Persians. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 11 Jul 2016

Covering 253 - 260 CE/AD: you reap what you sow. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 04 Jul 2016

We tell the century long story of the migration of the Goths and what happened when they arrived on Rome's frontiers around 250 CE. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 27 Jun 2016

A bit of a detour: this shows tells the story of how the old East vs. West rivalry made a strong comeback around 240 CE/AD. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 20 Jun 2016

Covering the years 222 - 235, we talk about finances for a few minutes before accompanying the young Emperor Alexander Severus on an adventure to the east. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 13 Jun 2016

Covering the years 211 - 222, we meet the child-Emperors related to Septimius Severus and learn about a new Germanic coalition forming on the southern Rhine frontier. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 06 Jun 2016

After a quick detour into pre-history, we cover the Roman civil war in Gaul that lasted from 193 to 197. Ways to get in touch with Joe: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 30 May 2016

Covering the years 180 - 193, we cover a round of political intrigue that connects the city of Rome to the provincial armies in Britannia, Gaul, and on the Danube frontier. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 23 May 2016

Covering the years 161 - 180, the philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius tries to protect "civilization" from the "barbarians." Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 16 May 2016

Covering the years 70 - 160 CE, it's the good, bad, and the ugly of the Pax Romana, the long Roman Peace.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 02 May 2016

Season 2 will cover the years 135 CE to 500 CE, and this episode is a quick preview of the big themes in Season 2 which starts May 16, 2016.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 25 Apr 2016

Covering the years 400 BCE - 135 CE, this episode provides a quick overview of "The Rhine" Season 1, or parts 1-24, which will give you a good foundation for Season 2 if you have just joined us.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 85 Minutes 11 Apr 2016

After a brief legend from the 500s BCE, we cover the years 68 - 135 CE, following the compelling story of how first Jews came to France and Germany. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 70 Minutes 04 Apr 2016

Covering the years 66 - 68, it's the first part of our series on the Roman-Jewish Wars and the Jewish Diaspora. Ways to get in touch with the show: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast or #TheRhinePodcast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 28 Mar 2016

Covering 68 - 70 CE, it's the Year of the 4 Emperors and chaotic invasions on the Rhine. Ways to get in touch with the show: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast or #TheRhinePodcast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 21 Mar 2016

Covering the years 42 - 59 AD/CE, we chart the rise of Agrippina the Younger, the most powerful woman the Roman world had ever seen. More importantly for our history of Germany, Agrippina founded the greatest city in the Rhine River Valley. There are a few ways you can get in touch with us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/ Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 14 Mar 2016

Covering the years 37 - 42 CE/AD, we tell the stories of two Roman Emperors who dream of conquering Britannia. Ways to get in touch with the show: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast or #TheRhinePodcast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 07 Mar 2016

Covering the years 20 - 37 CE, we talk about the impact of Germanicus's death and see how his family fared through the reign of Tiberius. Please note that this episode has one section that is very violent (and sad). This one is probably not appropriate for kids. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 29 Feb 2016

In this episode, we cover the years 16 to 20 CE. Arminius and Germanicus go their separate ways, and both learn (the hard way) that their peers are jealous of their success. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 22 Feb 2016

In this episode, we cover the Roman-German War of the year 16. Germanicus makes an amphibious landing in Northern Germania and trades punches with Arminius. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 15 Feb 2016

The first of three parts on the great Roman-German war of the years 14-16. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com Twitter: @rhinecast or use the hashtag #TheRhinePodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 08 Feb 2016

Rome's first Emperor, Octavian Augustus Caesar, sees th white light at the end of the tunnel, leaving his heirs Tiberius & Germanicus to deal with a disgruntled Roman Army. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 01 Feb 2016

Part 13 of "The Rhine" covered one of the most decisive battles in the history of western civilization: The Battle of Teutoburg Gap (or Teutoburg Forest). On part 14, we cover the aftermath on both sides of the frontier. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 25 Jan 2016

We follow a Roman Army deep into Germania in the year 9 CE. Check out "The Rhine" Facebook Group! www.rhinecast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 18 Jan 2016

Covering the 18 years from 9 BCE - 9 CE, we examine the cracks in the Augustan Golden Age and spend some time with the under-appreciated Tiberius Claudius Nero, or as he was later known, Tiberius Caesar. Check us out on facebook! Each week we release a new graphic to go along with the show: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=nf. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 11 Jan 2016

Covering the years 12 BCE - 9 BCE, we meet a Germanic tribe and follow the first Roman explorer of Germania, Drusus Claudius Nero. Check us out on facebook! Each week we release a new graphic to go along with the show: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=nf. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 04 Jan 2016

Covering the years 30 BCE to 15 BCE, Octavian tries to get a handle on power. Then his stepsons, the young Claudian brothers Tiberius and Drusus, try to conquer the Alpine tribes. A few days after publishing the episode, we upload a graphic Facebook. Check it out and like "The Rhine" to keep updated! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 28 Dec 2015

Covering the years 36 BCE - 31 BCE, Mark Antony can't resist the allure of the east. When he returns, Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian square off to decide who will rule the Mediterranean. A few days after publishing the show, we upload a graphic Facebook. Check it out and like "The Rhine" to keep updated! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 21 Dec 2015

Covering the years 42 - 36 BCE, Octavian and Mark Antony's relationship evolves as they hunt down Caesar's assassins. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 14 Dec 2015

Players jostle for power in the aftermath of Julius Caesar's assassination. Gaul becomes part of the Roman world. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 07 Dec 2015

Caesar is still fighting, but now he's crossing the Rubicon and fighting his own people. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 07 Dec 2015

Caesar takes his eye off the ball and the Gauls take advantage, led by a dynamic young war chief. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 03 Dec 2015

In this short bonus episode, we cover a few interesting hints we have about Celtic and Gallic religion. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 30 Nov 2015

Caesar conquest of Gaul continues, but it's not smooth sailing. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 23 Nov 2015

We spend a year in Gaul with Julius Caesar and his Roman legions. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 16 Nov 2015

Covering 146 to 100 BCE, we talk about Roman expansion and a huge Germanic invasion. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 16 Nov 2015

Covering the years 400 to 146 BCE, a group of Celts invade Italy and we get a taste of how Romans treated their enemies. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 15 Nov 2015

A brief overview of what The Rhine Podcast is going to be all about!. . .

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