Trevor Culley’s personal experience with both Persian history and podcasts began with a college extra credit assignment to listen to the first Hardcore History history episode on the Achaemenids. He was instantly enthralled with the stories of the Kings of Kings and coming a little late to the party, started listening to podcasts. On one hand, he started heading down the road toward a PhD that would let him study ancient Persia for a living. On the other hand, as he binged his way through both the History of Rome and early episodes of the History of Byzantium, he was always excited for the episodes dealing with the Parthians and Sassanids. He was surprised and disappointed to discover that there was not a similarly dedicated podcast dealing with the great empires east of Rome. So he decided to personally create that dedicated podcast.