History Summarized: Alexander the Great

In the half-century following the Peloponnesian War, Greece wasn’t really doing so hot. Athens’ once mighty maritime empire had been rendered moot, and its continued relevance was primarily if not entirely owed to its lasting dedication to culture, art, and philosophy. Sparta’s population–which was never all that large in the first place–steadily dwindled through the […]

Modern Classics Summarized: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 to a working-class family, spent a few miserable months at age 12 working 10-hour days in a warehouse while his father was stuck in debtors’ prison, and then spent the rest of his life campaigning for child labor laws and writing scathing social commentary about the plight of the […]

History Summarized: Ancient Persia

If you, like me, learned about the Persian wars from the Greek perspective, or have even so much as heard of the movie 300, you might be inclined to view the Persian Empire as some kind of First Order level big bad. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Persia is often branded as […]

History Summarized: Byzantine Beginnings

Blue: You ever lie awake at night, thinking wistfully about the Roman Empire? Or is that just a me thing? *sigh* This is so sad. Okay. Alexa, play ‘Roman Empire 2’. Oh, HELL yeah, this is my jam! You see, the big plot twist of the fall of Rome is that it didn’t. While the […]

History Summarized: The Punic Wars

The three Punic Wars make up possibly one of the most intense chapters in Roman history, so if you want the full story, please check out this video on the Roman Republic. The short of it is that over the centuries the tiny town of Rome grew and grew until it conquered the entire Italian […]

History Summarized: The Athenian Temple at Sounio

I have talked a lot about the Athenian Empire on this channel but I’ll also be the first to admit that putting into perspective the political military and economic Dominance of just one city over most of Greece is really hard It’s especially hard to quantify what most of Athens power came not from Land’s, […]

Legends Summarized: Atlantis

Man. I think everyone loves Atlantis. Just the concept is so compelling and fun: an ancient magical civilization lost at the bottom of the ocean! Where do I sign up? I think the premise is inherently fun because it taps into our primal, deep-rooted desire to explore and discover new incredible things. We want ancient […]

History Summarized: Ramses The Great

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it another thousand times Egyptian history is long and a lot of people have been Pharaoh over the centuries, but no one quite Embodies the role like ramses ii during his rule in the 1200 s bc he fought a lot built a lot and had a lot […]

History Summarized: The Ottoman Empire

History Summarized: Hong Kong

Well, now that I finished my China series, I guess it’d be fun to take a little bit of a closer look at the history of Hong Kong. So, I’ll schedule that one in for a side video after Rome goes up. Yeah, that’s a good plan. Nothing wrong with that. Hundreds of thousands of […]