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How Did Aurelian Reunite the Roman Empire? | 271AD-280AD

Emperor Aurelian is best known for his success reuniting the Roman Empire. But how did he do it, when all others who tried failed?



For this premiering episode of A.D. History, Paul and Patrick tell the history of how one Lucius Domitius Aurelianus – better known as Roman Emperor Aurelian – did what no other Roman leader could during the Third Century Crisis… reconquer all prior Roman territory that had splintered from the Empire during this Third Century disaster. This episode looks at why Aurelian succeeded where all of his third century contemporaries and predecessors abjectly failed; discussing what he understood that they did not.

Aurelian’s achievement amazingly occurred entirely within the first five years of the 270s, serving as the first act of two that would give Rome a new lease on its already vaunted existence.

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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.