Caligula #4 – Monster or Misunderstood?

Caligula #4 – Monster or Misunderstood?

We all think we know something of the story of Caligula. We have a picture of him as a destructive monster, an insane sadist. But truth is rarely that simple. Let’s take a look at the sources and their individual biases. And let’s keep in mind...
Caligula #3 – The Movie (Part 3)

Caligula #3 – The Movie (Part 3)

We continue and finish our live commentary on the 1979 epic film, CALIGULA. Picking up where we left off last week, Caligula is fisting the married couple and he doesn’t even remove his ring. A dark and stormy night leads to night terrors, a super hot threesome...
Caligula #2 – The Movie (Part 2)

Caligula #2 – The Movie (Part 2)

We continue our live commentary on the 1979 epic film, CALIGULA. Picking up where we left off last week, still in Tiberius’ sex palace on Capri, with a lady holding a writhing legless lizard that she is apparently about to place inside her woo-hoo. Around the 18...
Caligula #1 – The Movie (Part 1)

Caligula #1 – The Movie (Part 1)

To kick off our Caligula series, we are doing a commentary on the 1979 epic film, CALIGULA. Written by Gore Vidal, directed by Tinto Brass, produced by Bob Guccione, starring Malcolm McDowell, Hellen Mirren, Peter O’Toole,  John Gielgud, Teresa Ann Savoy,...
#40 – I’M NOT DEAD YET

#40 – I’M NOT DEAD YET

In March 37 CE, aged seventy-seven years, four months, and nine days, of which time he had been emperor twenty-two years, seven months, and seven days, Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti filius Augustus fell ill and died. OR DID HE? ...
#39 – The Death Of Agrippina

#39 – The Death Of Agrippina

The death of Agrippina came soon after that of her son. There are more majestas trials, trouble with the Parthians, and, despite the assurance from his favourite astrologer that he had many years left, Tiberius addresses his own mortality. With Drusus dead, the only...
#38 – The Crash Of Rome

#38 – The Crash Of Rome

Tiberius runs amok. Usury runs rampant. Drusus chews the stuffing. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Tibbo_38.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:06:08 — 91.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google...
#37 – Secret Orgies

#37 – Secret Orgies

We go into more detail about Tiberius’ sex palace than you ever wanted or needed to know. Honestly, you’ll probably regret listening to this episode. Maybe skip this one if you have a sensitive disposition. Who am I kidding? We weeded out the pussies a...
The Papa Bear Beat

The Papa Bear Beat

When Ray’s away, the Cam doth play. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Papa_Bear.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:11 — 2.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS |...
#36 – The Fall Of Sejanus

#36 – The Fall Of Sejanus

Sejanus decided to remove the next in line of Germanicus’ heirs, Drusus, and finally married Livia Julia, the widow of the other Drusus, son of Tiberius. He also became Tiberius’ official partner in power – in 31CE Tiberius took his fifth consulship, with...
#35 – Unnatural Passions

#35 – Unnatural Passions

Shortly after Livia’s death, Tibbo wrote a letter to the senate attacking both Agrippina and Nero. They were prosecuted by Aulus Avillius Flaccus – the future prefect of Egypt, which leads Cam into a sidenote about Flaccus’ treatment of the Jews in...
#34 – Vale Livia

#34 – Vale Livia

With Tiberius safely ensconced in his sex dungeon on Capri, Sejanus goes after more friends of Agrippina, starting with one of Germanicus’ generals, Titius Sabinus. About the same time, Julia The Younger, Augustus’ grand-daughter, finally died, after being in...
#33 – Tibbo Out! – Tiberius

#33 – Tibbo Out! – Tiberius

In the year 26, Sejanus went after Agrippina again, this time by attacking her close friend and cousin, Claudia Pulchra, who was accused of adultery and treason. Agrippina loses her shit and gets all up in Tiberius’ face in public. In the same year, Tibbo...
#32 – The C*ck Bl*ck – Tiberius

#32 – The C*ck Bl*ck – Tiberius

Even as late as 24 CE, Tiberius seems to be mostly rational, although his view on majestas was hardening. He refused to allow Further Spain to erect a temple to himself and his mother. And when Sejanus asked for permission to marry Livia Julia, Drusus’ widow,...
#31 – Sweep The Leg – Tiberius

#31 – Sweep The Leg – Tiberius

It’s the year 24 CE. Sejanus is trying to convince Tiberius that the sky is falling. His advice: sweep the leg. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Tibbo_31.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:15:36 —...
#30 – Lucky Longy – Tiberius

#30 – Lucky Longy – Tiberius

Sejanus and Livilla conspire to murder her husband, Drusus, son of Tiberius. At least that’s the story according to Sejanus’ ex-wife Apicata. With Drusus out of the way, Sejanus next plots the demise of Germanicus’ kiddies and widow, Agrippina.   ...
#29 “Going Deep” – Tiberius

#29 “Going Deep” – Tiberius

Tacitus seems to think Sejanus was the manipulator of Tiberius and that Sejanus wanted the power for himself. But of course he has things in his way. Drusus, the adult son of Tiberius, who is about 37. And Drusus also had sons of his own. Tiberius Gemellus and his...
“Pompey” Statue at Villa Arconati.

“Pompey” Statue at Villa Arconati.

Some good/bad news on the Pompey statue mentioned in Tiberius episode 28! One of our Italian listeners, Jacopo Novelli, dug up this site: http://www.100kmdamilano.it/villa-arconati-al-castellazzo-…/ Which makes the following claim: “A study conducted in...
Tiberius #28 – Scapegoatse

Tiberius #28 – Scapegoatse

According to Tacitus, 23 CE is the turning point in Tiberius’s reign. He blames it on Lucius Aelius Sejanus. Suetonius, on the other hand, blames Sejanus on Tiberius. On this episode, we tell the story of the rise of Sejanus – the man who ruined Rome. ...
Tiberius #27 – The Son Of God

Tiberius #27 – The Son Of God

Tiberius, unlike Augustus, was only generous with financial help on rare occasions. And he stopped the urban development in the provinces. Because these are things you do if you want to make people like you. Tiberius didn’t seem to care. The hard work had been...