Augustus Caesar #62 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 3

Augustus Caesar #62 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 3

Aeneas reflects Augustus in many ways – they both place duty and piety before their own comfort and interests.  Both have to endure great hardships and struggles for many years before final victory is won and the greater community can enjoy peace and...
Augustus Caesar #61 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 2

Augustus Caesar #61 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 2

It would be a mistake to see Virgil’s poetry as purely political propaganda.  It was a matter of self-respect for Augustus to allow artists to do their art.  He genuinely wanted to be admired for what he did for Rome – not for what he could do to you....
Augustus Caesar #60 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 1

Augustus Caesar #60 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 1

“I sing of arms and the man”. Get ready for that classical education you missed out on because your parents couldn’t afford to send you to a real school (in the 19th century)! We’re going to spend the next THREE EPISODES talking about Publius...
Augustus Caesar #59 – The Last Triumph

Augustus Caesar #59 – The Last Triumph

Augustus does a deal with the Parthian King Phraates IV to return the standards and prisoners from their previous encounters with Crassus and Antony. And Lucius Cornelius Balbus gets a triumph – the last one awarded to a private citizen (eg who wasn’t a...
Augustus Caesar #58 – It’s All Greek To Me

Augustus Caesar #58 – It’s All Greek To Me

While Augustus is out in the provinces, he tends to give his speeches in Greek rather than Latin, to show how much he respects their regional cultures. He also treats them fairly magnanimously – except when he doesn’t. The Complete Premium Caesar:...