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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 5 (Perseverance and Unassailable Power)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 5 (Perseverance and Unassailable Power)

November 3, 2022

Recently named as Regent of the Iranian Empire, Nader sets out on the war path to reclaim Iran's lost domains, only to be handed a devastating defeat by the Ottomans. A dire setback that threatens to cast him into oblivion, forcing Nader to show a tremendous force of will to quickly rebuild his broken army. Before returning to the field to avenge the loss, crush his domestic rivals and then deliver an incredible victory at the Battle of Yeghevard. Bringing the Ottoman Empire to its knees and raising Nader's authority to unassailable heights, to finally assume the throne as the Shah of Iran in 1736. 

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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 4 (The One Favored by God)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 4 (The One Favored by God)

September 22, 2022

Newly rooted as savior of the Safavid Iranian Empire and source of power behind the throne of Shah Tahmasp, Nader begins seeding the notion that his ascendancy is Divinely influenced. Strengthened by his spectacular lightening campaign waged against the Ottoman Empire, before racing across Persia to stamp out a dangerous rebellion. This however, giving Tahmasp the breathing space to attempt emerging out from Nader's shadow, in launching a foolhardy expedition that ends in disaster. A humiliation that Nader leverages, in 1732, to break the Safavid God-ordained stranglehold on power. 

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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 3 (Servant of the Shah)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 3 (Servant of the Shah)

August 14, 2022

Despite breathing life in the bid to restore Shah Tahmasp II to the throne in Persia, Nader is soon caught up in the petty intrigues of his unstable King. Resulting in Nader launching a military coup to firmly take control of the Safavid army. Modernizing and reshaping it into a ferociously effective force. Then embarking on campaign in 1729, displaying sheer strategic and tactical military brilliance to win a series of astonishing victories to dislodge the Afghan Hotaks from their occupation of Iran. Returning Tahmasp to his rightful place, but in service to Nader, the Shah in all but name.  

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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 2 (From Soldier to Warlord to General)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 2 (From Soldier to Warlord to General)

June 29, 2022

Under the shadow of a crumbling Safavid Iranian Empire, torn apart by rebellions, foreign heavyweights and destined to fall to the Afghan Hotak dynasty in 1722, Nader is pulled into the chaotic maelstrom. Emerging from the rubble as a rogue warlord within Khorasan until a renegade Safavid prince (Tahmasp II) appears in the region, looking to regain the empire. Nader entering his service and quickly proving himself indispensable to the Iranian Shah in exile, headlined by Nader's engineering of a stunning victory over the Abdali Afghans at the Battle of Sangan in 1727.

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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 1 (Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Empire)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 1 (Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Empire)

May 18, 2022

In this episode we begin uncovering the lifetime of Nader Shah (1688 - 1747), the last of the Great Asiatic Military Conquerors. A brilliant battlefield commander who reversed the fortunes of 18th century Iran, salvaging it from the teeth of internal and external foes. Beginning as the unlikely story of an insignificant and poverty stricken youth, hardened by his chaotic environment. Struggling to survive within the crumbling Safavid Iranian Empire, its foundation now rotting due to a series of lethargic monarchs, disconnected to the harsh realities and changing headwinds of the wider world. 

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 7/7 (The Macedonian Hegemony of Greece)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 7/7 (The Macedonian Hegemony of Greece)

April 1, 2022

In the series finale exploring the lifetime and dazzling achievements of King Philip II of Macedon, Philip leads his unstoppable army to win scintillating victories against both familiar and new Balkan foes. Before stumbling heavily, failed sieges on Greek cities that reignites war with the Athenians, under whom a formidable Greek coalition is formed. The prelude to Philip's crowning achievement, his astonishing victory at the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, asserting Macedon as the unquestioned master of Greece. Followed by his death and colossal legacy, having ushered in a new era in antiquity.

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Interview with Professor Barry Strauss (Ancient Military Leadership and Attributes for Greatness)

Interview with Professor Barry Strauss (Ancient Military Leadership and Attributes for Greatness)

March 1, 2022

In this episode, Professor Strauss, a leading expert on ancient military history and best selling author, joins the podcast as a featured guest. We explore the attributes and motivations that define those that reach the upper echelons as the most effective military leaders in antiquity. Before going deeper into one of the greatest, Octavian, the future Augustus and first Roman Emperor. Discussing his spectacular rise in the face of a formidable opposing duo, Mark Antony and Cleopatra. All of whom are featured in his newest book "The War that Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra and Octavian at Actium."  

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 6/7 (Recognition and Respect)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 6/7 (Recognition and Respect)

January 26, 2022

With Thermopylae blocked to his passage, Philip II of Macedon leads his forces north, asserting dominance over friend and foe alike. Triggering the powerful Chalcidian League to flip their allegiance to Athens and attempt a daring invasion into Macedon while Philip is abroad. Who unleashes a clever diversion and an overwhelming counterattack to decisively end the threat, firmly entrenching Macedon as a major power in Greece. A status galvanized in 346 BCE through masterful deception and diplomatic brilliance, used to seize Thermopylae with Greece now wide open to the Macedonian King. 

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 5/7 (Wielding the Strength of the Gods)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 5/7 (Wielding the Strength of the Gods)

December 6, 2021

Continuing a spectacular run of military successes, King Philip II of Macedon leads his army to erase Methone off the map, the last Athenian city near Macedonia's domains. Allowing Philip to focus on the expansion of his kingdom, including a campaign into Greece that abruptly ends with a humbling defeat against Phocis. Forcing Philip to retreat and leverage the strength of the gods, returning to win a stunning victory at the Battle of Crocus Field in 352 BCE. Gaining control of northern Greece, but prevented from moving southwards, finding the Athenians blocking his path at Thermopylae.

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 4/7 (Gold Mines of Opportunity)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 4/7 (Gold Mines of Opportunity)

October 26, 2021

Showing glimpses of bold aggression under its newly named King, Philip II, Macedon's neighbours grow increasingly unsettled. Anticipating a backlash yet unwilling to compromise on remaking his kingdom into a dominant power, Philip begins securing alliances, while struggling under the weight of a Macedonian economy still in tatters, unable to finance the expansion of his menacing but relatively small army. Causing Philip to embark on an audacious path, pouncing on the city of Amphipolis and its lucrative gold mines and plunging Macedon into war with the mighty, but distracted, Athenians.

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