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The Emergence of Septimius Severus & The Campaigns of Cao Cao | 201AD-210AD

Severus creates a dynasty playing a key role in the Crisis of The Third Century. While Cao Cao fights to bring former Han lands into his grip.



As Paul and Patrick kick off the beginning of the A.D. History Podcast season three, they begin by laying down the framework for the upcoming so-called “Crisis of the Third Century” for Rome; examining the incredible rise of Septimius Severus.

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From the ashes of The Year of the Five Emperors, Severus began laying the foundation of his Severan Dynasty, who will produce numerous Roman emperors, playing a critical in the upcoming Crisis of the Third Century.

On the other side of the European-Asian landmass, the poet-general Cao Cao spends this decade predominately on the field of battle. Cao Cao’s ambition to bring the entirety of the former Han domain under his control dominates his decision making.

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Patrick expounds upon Cao Cao’s near decade long military campaign, looking in-depth at his numerous set-piece battles of this time.

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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.