33 – Strength and Honor(ius)

This one was a beast, but we’re finally done with the Roman occupation of Britannia! But Rome isn’t going to let us go without a serious amount of chaos and general nuttiness.

(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History)

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  1. I’ve just started listening this week and this is amazing! Wonderful job, informative and entertaining. I cannot wait to get to the Anglo-Saxons. It was initially difficult to abstain from skipping directly there as I’m not a big fan of Roman history, but hell if it hasn’t gotten easier to the point of downright engaging. Cheers, man.

  2. You leave Stilicho alone! He was doing his best to balance an incredibly difficult situation. It’s not like he had enough troops available to him that he could afford to be choosy about who he sent to help Gaul, and it’s not his fault the Romans were so racist they turned away the troops he sent to help them! And he could hardly allow Constantine III to keep holding about half of the Western empire and winning glory for himself – he was loyal to Honorius (misplaced as that loyalty may have been) and had to protect his interests. He was far too obsessed with trying to snatch Illyricum from the Eastern empire, that I will grant you. But he did a good job while he was alive of reining in the more racist tendencies of the Romans, as evidenced by their descent into genocide the instant he was dead. And when Honorius ordered his arrest Stilicho could have led his troops in revolt against him, thus further weakening the empire. He decided not to and instead submitted to arrest and execution, a noble act which deserves more credit than you gave him (though I get that this is the bhp not the Stilicho history podcast).

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