A NSFW LONG-FORM PODCAST ABOUT

JULIUS / AUGUSTUS / TIBERIUS / CALIGULA CAESAR

 THE FALL OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC

& THE BEGINNING OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.

We started in 2014 with a 48-episode series on Julius Caesar.

Then… we did a 100 episodes on Augustus Caesar. Then 40 episodes on Tiberius Caesar. We are currently doing a new series on Caligula. We’ll probably keep going at least until Nero… or one of us dies. Then… we’ll play it by ear.

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As of January 2020 our Julius, Augustus and Tiberius series will only be available via premium subscription. Our current series, Caligula, will continue to be freely available. Details here.

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Caligula #23.b – Finicky Anus

Caligula #23.b – Finicky Anus

There’s nothing worse than having a Finicky Anus aka Lucius Annius Vinicianus. According to Josephus, Vinicianus was one of the main conspirators. As we’ll see, Vinicianus was a long history of conspiring against the Julio-Claudians – he was complicit in conspiracies to overthrow Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. And his sons tried to overthrow Nero. The assassination of Caligula was planned to happen during the celebration of the Palatine games because Caligula had announced that he would be moving to Alexandria – perhaps permanently – the following day.

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Latest Episode

Caligula #23.b – Finicky Anus

Caligula #23.b – Finicky Anus

There’s nothing worse than having a Finicky Anus aka Lucius Annius Vinicianus. According to Josephus, Vinicianus was one of the main conspirators. As we’ll see, Vinicianus was a long history of conspiring against the Julio-Claudians – he was complicit in conspiracies to overthrow Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. And his sons tried to overthrow Nero. The assassination of Caligula was planned to happen during the celebration of the Palatine games because Caligula had announced that he would be moving to Alexandria – perhaps permanently – the following day.

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Caligula #22 – The Foot Stomp

Caligula #22 – The Foot Stomp

The final conspiracy against Caligula involved Cassius Chaerea, an officer of the Praetorian Guard; Callistus, Caligula’s wealthy freedman adviser; and the senator Lucius Annius Vinicianus. Over the next three episodes, we’ll explore whether or not the conspiracy was about getting rid of Caligula because he was batshit crazy – or because they wanted to restore the Republic.

Caligula #21 – Anthony Poulton-Smith

Caligula #21 – Anthony Poulton-Smith

My guest today is Anthony Poulton-Smith – Freelance Journalist, Author of 78 books, and many more articles, ghostwriter, speaker and etymologist. Chair of Tamworth Literary Festival, Tamworth History Group. He spoke to me recently about the Latin roots of some of my favourite words. You know what I’m talking about.

Caligula #20 – Hairy Antipasto

Caligula #20 – Hairy Antipasto

Caligula got back to Rome around May 40 but stayed outside of the city until he could celebrate his ovation on his 28th birthday, 31 August. In the meantime he met with delegations from various parts of the world, including Philo’s delegation from Alexandria, and Herod Antipas and his wife, Herodias, from Judaea. Conspiracies against him are everywhere.

Caligula #19 – Lindsay Powell on Caligula

Caligula #19 – Lindsay Powell on Caligula

Ray recently interviewed Lindsay Powell about Caligula. I asked Ray for show notes. This is what he gave me.

“We talked of keeping the sources in context, considering the times they lived it and agenda. He went deep. Then his analysis of the events in the German border and the coast of Britain. And his apparent fickleness, which in a ruler, effects everyone but also how people like Suetonius probably used that.”

See? That’s what I have to work with.

Welcome To The Life of the Caesars!

This show is different from most other history podcasts in the following ways.

1. There are TWO OF US. This is a conversation, not a lecture.

2. It’s LONG FORM. Which means we will often take 50 – 100 episodes to tell a story. If you want a quick overview, this is not the show for you!

3. It’s NSFW. While we take the history very seriously, we also know that learning is more effective when you’re having fun. Sometimes (okay, quite often) “having fun” for us translates as bad language and dirty jokes. Let’s face it – this history is violent and sexy. This is NOT a child-friendly show, nor is it safe for work.

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And on to Caligula…

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Tricycle II from Australia on October 28, 2019

Having heard this double act since they made their mark with the original Julius Caius Ceasar, I dread to think how far this will go having such a twisted subject matter. Having watched ‘ I, Claudius’ inspired by these two, I can only sense Ray is Claudius to Cam’s Caligula. Only a man with a cunning plan could possibly survive what is being thrashed around and at him. History? Oh, bit of that too. Carlos (Sydney)

Great show

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by She must have a bad love life from United States of America on October 10, 2019

Just all around a good show. I listened to the first 25 episodes about the big JC in a span of 10 days and then realized you had to pay to listen to the second half. The decision was so easy and I can’t wait to listen to the next 25! Cam and Ray took me a bit to get used to and I wasn’t sure how I felt after a few episodes, but I decided to just keep listening and I am glad I did. These two make history fun to learn and not one episode goes by without me laughing my butt off. The negative reviews you might see are usually people that just don’t want to hear ideas that are different than theirs. I am a Republican and love this show brought to pay for it! Keep it up guys and I can’t wait to get over to your Alexander the Great show!

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★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Angelo Iaconetti from United States of America on July 28, 2019

The podcast is well-researched, offers thought-provoking insight, and is down-right hilarious. If you are attracted to the idea of learning mountains of fascinating minutiae about historical figures and events that your high school history books glossed over in a paragraph or two while simultaneously laughing uncontrollably, look no further than Ray and Cam. Cam has a beautiful, inquisitive mind and an innate ability to seamlessly relay a captivating narrative while boring deep into the recesses of historical themes and current events alike. Ray’s contribution is actually immeasurable. In all honesty, I wouldn’t choose to spend my time listening to anything else. 5 stars all day every day!
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The original “Son Of God”, Augustus was Julius Caesar’s grand-nephew. Originally known as Octavian, he was posthumously adopted by Julius after the famous assassination, fought several civil wars, and eventually became the sole ruler of Rome. To listen to our complete Augustus series, you’ll need to become one of our premium embers.

The stepson of the divine Augustus. The reluctant princeps. Voted “The Man Augustus Least Wanted To Take Over His Empire”. The best friend of Sejanus. Did he really retire to a sex dungeon? To listen to our complete Tiberius series, you’ll need to become one of our premium embers.

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