Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

Ten: Mithridates- The Poison King

April 21st, 2021

 This week's Tale takes place in 63 BC. The setting, the kingdom of Pontus – a once powerful Black Sea empire – now a region of Eastern Turkey. Mithridates VI Eupator paces, knowing his time is up. Like Hannibal, he spent decades at war with Rome – and like Hannibal he would meet his end like a caged lion. A renowned freedom fighter, he was also a genocidal despot. A paranoid megalomaniac, raised to believe a series of comets and other omens marked him out as a messiah. Saviour of the East. King of Kings. In short, Mithridates was a complex guy

Today, we discuss the Poison King of Pontus.

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly. Sound FX were from several free sites downloaded to laptop in 2019. The Mithridates poem is a section from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

I normally save bibliographies for the Patreon, but there is only one source for 95% of this Tale –
The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor.

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. Her favourite part of A Shropshire Lad is the bit which starts “Into my heart an air that kills, From yon far country blows.” Hell, we all have ‘happy highways where we went, and cannot come again' right?

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.   

Nine: Buried Alive!

April 13th, 2021

This week's Tale is a quick, bonus tale. I’ll be back with proper episodes 21st April. Content warning this episode is all about premature burial – and was first posted Halloween 2020.

You can read the episode here.

Yes, voice is scratchy... someone in my bubble keeps passing round a cold, I've been checked and it is a cold... 
 Also, yes I did ditch on the proposed episode – apologies for that. ‘Ungern's Army’ is recorded, and mixed – but an episode on a monster who killed thousands of Chinese, released days after the shootings in Atlanta ... in the midst of the Sinophobic attacks on Asians in the USA, and elsewhere at present.... well, that monster can wait a while.

 

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About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician, Like the druid William Price, she hopes - when it’s her time – to be cremated... while we’re on the topic of macabre things like burials.

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.

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