Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero launches a series of attacks that result in the demise of certain members of the Roman elite. But why these particular people? And why now? We tease apart Tacitus to try to work out what’s really going on. data-episode-id="993422" data-theme="light"...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #33 – Michael Tremblay On Stoicism (part 2)

This is the second and final part of our interview with philosopher Michael Tremblay, talking about Seneca and stoicism. Check out the Stoa Meditation app that Michael has been working on.  data-episode-id="987376" data-theme="light" data-height="190"...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #32 – Michael Tremblay On Stoicism (part 1)

With the recent demise on our show of Nero’s favourite Stoic, Seneca, we wanted to go balls deep on Stoicism. To help us out, our guest Michael Tremblay, who has a PhD in philosophy, where he studied Stoic ethics and education, came on and talk to us about the...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #31 – Wife Kicker

In the year 66, Nero gets taken on a wild goose chase, performs some lovely poetry and harp concerts… oh yeah, and he kicks his wife to death. data-episode-id="977141" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar:...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #30 – High Praise

This episode is brought to you by – legal weed!The Pisonian Conspiracy is over. Rewards are handed out to those who remained loyal. The Senate wants to make Nero a living god. data-episode-id="971979" data-theme="light" data-height="190"...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #29 – Seneca Falls

Next on the chopping block is Seneca, Nero’s old tutor and adviser and leading Stoic. Historians seem to think he wasn’t directly involved in the conspiracy – but he probably knew about it. data-episode-id="964210" data-theme="light" data-height="190"...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #28 – Piso Falls

Nero hunts down the main conspirators. Some of them are captured, while others help execute their own colleagues without betraying their allegiance to the cause. Piso is urged to mount the rostra in the Forum and make a case to the people, but decides to take the easy...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #27 – A Betrayal Betrayed

The plot against Nero continues to gather momentum but is finally betrayed by a freedman, a day before shit was about to go down.  data-episode-id="955817" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #26 – The Circus Games (take 3)

When one of the praetorian prefects joins the conspirators, they decide it’s time to act. But they can’t agree on a plan. It takes a woman to move things along. data-episode-id="949649" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #25 – Effeminate Vice

We’re talking about the Pisonian Conspiracy of 65. Who started it and why? Theories involve an angry poet and an angry gay man seeking revenge. data-episode-id="945062" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar:...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

NERO #24 – The Pisonian Conspiracy

Picking up after the Great Fire of Rome in the year 64 CE, we find Nero taxing everyone heavily to pay for the rebuilding of Rome and his palace. This, as well as the rumours that he started the fire, leads to the Pisonian Conspiracy. data-episode-id="942659"...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

NERO #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

If there’s one thing most people know about the Emperor Nero, it’s that he fiddled while Rome burned and that he falsely blamed the Christians. But how much of those stories are true? To find out, I’m joined today by Stephen Dando-Collins, author of “The Great Fire Of...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

NERO #22 – CONSTANTINE AT THE BRIDGE

We’re jumping out of our Nero timeline this week to talk to Stephen Dando-Collins about his new book, “Constantine At The Bridge – How the battle of the Milvian Bridge Created Christian Rome”, which examines the background of the events that lead to the famous...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

NERO #21 – PROMISCUOUS THONG

When Nero talks about going to Greece, to take his one-man theatre show on the road, the Romans complain. They don’t want him to leave! So he decided to show them how much he loves them – by throwing the craziest party ever seen in Rome. And that’s really saying...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #20 – BEAST OF BURDEN

Paetus’ war with the Parthians gets off to a great start, but quickly becomes a disaster for the Romans. Corbulo eventually needs to ride in and save his sorry ass and negotiate a new peace deal with Parthia. Meanwhile back in Rome, there’s no grain and Thrasea is out...
Who are Barry & Stan?

Who are Barry & Stan?

We often get asked “Who the hell are Barry & Stan?” And, of course, that is the question that people have been asking for thousands of years… the names Barry and Stan turn up in hieroglyphs in Egyptian temples, in the mystery cults of Ancient...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #19 – OH NO MENS

Nero has some freedmen executed but the stories are murky. The Parthians decide to try their luck taking back Armenia while Corbulo tries to keep the peace. And Nero gets jerked off by his freedman, Doryphorus. data-episode-id="908493" data-theme="light"...
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Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

This is part 2 of our recent chat with Edward J. Watts, professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and author and editor of several prize-winning books, including THE FINAL PAGAN GENERATION, a great book about HYPATIA, a book out about the...
Nero #34 – A Reckless Spirit

Nero #17 – Eternal Decline Part 1

Edward J. Watts is a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and author and editor of several prize-winning books, including THE FINAL PAGAN GENERATION, a great book about HYPATIA, a book out about the collapse of the Roman Republic, MORTAL...