On our epic fifth podcast, Andy Duncan speaks with Sean Gabb, a Vice-Chairman of Mises UK, about a variant of that famous question from Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’, what did the Romans, or the Greeks, ever do for us, in terms of modern western civilisation? We cover the major Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus, along with different Roman Emperors, including Nero, Caligula, and Constantine. Along the way, we explore the technological difference between us and the ancients, what we have to learn from the Byzantine Empire’s resistance to the Moslem invasion from the East, plus the best and the worst of the Roman Empire’s Emperors. As a special bonus, at the end of the program we also discover what the author Richard Blake might be doing in terms of his novel series on the Byzantine Empire.
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