#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...
Tiberius #26 – Florus, Sacrovir & the Frisii

Tiberius #26 – Florus, Sacrovir & the Frisii

In 21 there was a revolt by a number of Gallic tribes under the leadership of Julius Florus and Julius Sacrovir.  And in 28, there was another revolt. This time by the Germanic Frisii tribe – all because their cows weren’t large enough. ...
Tiberius #25 – The Battle For Thrace

Tiberius #25 – The Battle For Thrace

The one about the military situation during Tibbo’s reign, Jesus murdering a herd of pigs in cold blood, Rhescuporis and Cotys battle for Thrace, Uppity Softy, Uppity Pussylips and Pappy Sabs – and Camerinus....
Tiberius #24 – The Virgin Birth Defence

Tiberius #24 – The Virgin Birth Defence

Tiberius’ position on maiestas (treason) started to harden over time. By the year 22, according to Tacitus, the charge of maiestas was pretty standard in most trials.  Meanwhile, Aemilia Lepida tried Barry & Stan’s Virgin Birth Defence.  ...
Tiberius #23 – Gold Of Tolosa

Tiberius #23 – Gold Of Tolosa

TIbbo bans the Druids and loves to sit in on court cases, giving his opinion on the guilt or innocence of the accused, even when nobody asked him.  We go into some details on the origins of the Maiestas laws, which leads us to talk about the Gold of Tolosa. Amazing...
The Psychopath Economy – Introduction

The Psychopath Economy – Introduction

Listen to me read the INTRODUCTION to my new book THE PSYCHOPATH ECONOMY. And you only have until 20 March to pre-order your copy!  http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/The_Psychopath_Economy_-_Audio_Book_-_Chapter_One.mp3Podcast:...
Tiberius #22 – Partial Party

Tiberius #22 – Partial Party

It’s a very special episode! Cam is joined by hilarious fellow Aussies Dr Fiona Radford and Dr Peta Greenfield from The Partial Historians podcast to discuss the epic question – who wore it best? Augustus or Tiberius? No Ray on this episode due to timezone...
Tiberius #21 – Nice Guy Tibbo

Tiberius #21 – Nice Guy Tibbo

More stories from the ancient sources about what a nice guy Tibbo was. Most of the time. In the early years. Before he went all sex-dungeon-y. And more stories about how the Senate became increasingly spineless.   ...
Tiberius #20 – Tacco Is Backo

Tiberius #20 – Tacco Is Backo

In the year 21 CE, Tacfarinas, the African Arminius, is still causing trouble for the poor old Romans. So Tibbo, who is busy, off building his sex dungeon, asks the Senate to deal with it. They, of course, wet themselves, because it means doing some actual work. ...
Tiberius #19 – The Tacfarinas Conundrum

Tiberius #19 – The Tacfarinas Conundrum

We’re still looking at stories showing how moderate Tiberius was in the early years – and how the Senate gradually became more and more useless. One great example is the inability to appoint a proconsul of Africa to deal with Tacfarinas, the African...