It was a whole year after the suicides of Antony and Cleopatra before Octavian returned to Italy. Octavian captured the city of Alexandria on August 1, 30 BCE. Egypt now lost the independence it had enjoyed for thousands of years and would not regain for another 2000 years.
Rome had never seen anything like the three—day celebration of Octavian’s three-fold triumph — for his victories in Illyricum, Actium, and Alexandria — held in August of 29 BC. He was granted a range of new powers, some he even refused as being too much. But there was one that he apparently relished. The…
The poets of Rome vilify Cleopatra and yet also are in awe of her. Antony’s name and memory is wiped from the official records. And a Cicero gets to rejoice in the news of Antony’s suicide. But of course the question on everyone’s lips is – what happens now?
This is one of those episodes that feel like major turning points in the narrative. Ever since Julius Caesar was assassinated, way way back in 44 BCE, Mark Antony has been one of our main characters. He bestrode the Roman world like a colossus. And today we kill him off – along with the mother…
The Battle of Actium begins. Octavian (& Agrippa) versus Mark Antony (& Cleopatra) fight to see who will be the last man standing in Rome.
After 13 years of being frenemies, shit finally comes to a head between Octavian and Antony (and Cleopatra) as they throw down gauntlets that will lead them to the Battle of Actium on 2 September, 31 BCE.
We’re back! On this episode, Octavia and Livia are made sacrosanct and granted unprecedented honours. We talk about “pater familias”, something Ray is trying hard to bring back. Then Antony gets back on the horse and captures Slartibartfast aka King Artavasdes II of Armenia. He holds a fake triumph in Alexandria and grants huge tracks…
Agrippa rolls up his sleeves and gets shit done (literally) and we talk about the woman who ruled a country, wrote a book about make-up, and could talk 27 languages – including the language of love – Cleopatra.
Octavian fights in Illyricum (Croatia) where he reportedly is a brave and daring leader of men (cough cough bullshit). When he gets back to Rome, he and Agrippa start MAKING ROME GREAT AGAIN. They don’t build a wall – but they do build a few aqueducts and sewers. And they did get Mexico to pay for them…
Meanwhile back at Rome, Octavian decides he will now be known as Imperator Caesar. He crucifies 6000 slaves, creates Rome’s first public police and fire brigade and is made Tribune For Life. Not bad for someone who is still under 30. Then he decides to rescue 101 Dalmations.
Let’s talk some more about Antony’s Parthian campaign.
Let’s talk about Antony’s Parthian campaign.
In this episode we say goodbye to two members of the triumvirate – Sextus Pompeius and Lepidus.
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Our guest today is Lindsay Powell, history detective, and the guy who wrote the book about everyone’s favourite right-hand man, Agrippa!
How much does Agrippa know about naval battles? NADA! But what he does know about is GETTING SHIT DONE RIGHT. And so that’s what he does on today’s episode. Meanwhile, Ray get’s his sweet, sweet revenge.
Sextus defeats Octavian’s fleet with the help of Neptune, god of the sea. Octavian invites Antony to come to Brundisium but then stands him up because he’s too busy banging the new bride. But they meet again six months later and hug it out. Agrippa gets married to the daughter of Cicero’s old friend. Octavian…
There is peace in Italy. So why is Octavian building so many ships? And why did he have to have his first shave ever to impress Livia – his new squeeze? Maybe Octavian has a plan?
We finally get to spend some time talking about Octavian’s right-hand man, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Antony and Octavia (his new wife) both went east to spend the winter of 39 – 38 BCE in Athens, where they are worshipped as gods.
Back when we were in Vegas in January, we recorded an interview with author Steve Saylor about his latest Gordianus book “THE WRATH OF THE FURIES“. Unfortunately, we had some technical issues during the recording. We’ve done our best to salvage it but… well… it’s a little…. weird.