Claudius #11 – Deviant Behaviour

Claudius #11 – Deviant Behaviour

Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo – brother-in-law of Caligula – is sent by Claudius to Germany to deal with some rebellious tribes. But he’s TOO successful, so Claudius calls him home. Messalina decides to get married again – while still married to...
Claudius #10 Santa Claudius

Claudius #10 Santa Claudius

Messalina starts killing off men who refuse her sexual advances or who just have something she wants. Meanwhile, Claudius keeps being a nice guy and the people feel sorry for him. The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
Claudius #9 Vini Vidi Vici Bitchi

Claudius #9 Vini Vidi Vici Bitchi

The invasion of Brittania continues. When Plautius has them nearly finished, he sends for Claudius who turns up to take credit for the final blow. The Senate granted him tons of honours as a result of his victory. But he’s more interested in explaining to Romans how...
Claudius #8 – Invading Britannia

Claudius #8 – Invading Britannia

In 43 Claudius is consul again. Messalina is setting him up with girls to bang while she’s running sex parties in another part of the palace. Then he invades Britain, finishing the job Julius Caesar started nearly a century earlier. The Complete Premium Caesar:...
Claudius #7 – Mauretania

Claudius #7 – Mauretania

While the attempted coup was going on, Claudius had troops in Mauretania under the command of Suetonius Paulinus. One of Paulinus’ officers, Gnaeus Hosidius Geta, chases the Moors over the Atlas Mountains and into the desert – where he has to call on foreign...
Claudius #6 – The Revolt

Claudius #6 – The Revolt

Messalina and Tiberius Claudius Narcissus accuse Appius Silanus, consul in 28 CE, with trying to murder Claudius – because they saw him do it in their dreams. After his hasty execution, Scribonianus and Annius, two of the guys behind the assassination of...
Claudius #5 – The Wife

Claudius #5 – The Wife

Claudius was a builder and a visionary. Humble and generous. Okay – maybe he liked gladiatorial contests a little too much. But then there was his wife – Valeria Messallina. Like Livia, Messallina often gets blamed for some of the deaths that occurred...
Claudius #4 – The Good Emperor

Claudius #4 – The Good Emperor

In the early days of his reign, Claudius tried hard to be fair, humble and down-to-earth. He forbade anyone to worship him or to offer him any sacrifice and declared statues made of him to be a waste of money. It was too good to last. The Complete Premium Caesar:...
Claudius #3 – The Emperor

Claudius #3 – The Emperor

When Caligula was assassinated in 41, Claudius hid in a room of the palace called the Hermaeum, and then behind a curtain on a balcony. According to Suetonius, he was discovered by a soldier named Gratus – Gratitude – who said to his colleagues:...
Claudius #2 – The Historian

Claudius #2 – The Historian

For most of his life, Claudius was the Rosemary Kennedy of the Caesars. Without the ice pick lobotomy. Hidden from the public. If he wasn’t allowed to participate in Roman affairs, he would look elsewhere. He became a historian, writing a ton of books about his...
Claudius #1 – The Monster

Claudius #1 – The Monster

The first 50 years of Tiberius Claudius Nero’s life was a mixture of wealth, power and cruelty. With symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, the young Claudius was called “a monstrosity of a human being, one that Nature began and never finished” – by his...
Caligula #25 – The Partial Historians

Caligula #25 – The Partial Historians

In this special post-series wrap up episode of Caligula, I’m joined by my fellow Aussie history podcasters, Dr G and Dr R from The Partial Historians. The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...

Back in July

Hey folks – because I’ve decided to take a few weeks off from late June (I’m actually driving down to Sydney and Melbourne to do some QAV events), we are going to take a break before we start the Claudius series. We’ll be back with Claudius around mid-July. But...
Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

On the last morning of his life, Caligula entered the temporary theatre on the Palatine in a good mood. The conspirators attacked him in a narrow corridor, on his way back to the palace during the lunch break between performances. The lead conspirator, the praetorian...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Caligula #18 – Living God

Caligula #18 – Living God

Many historians claim that Caligula’s demand to be treated as a living god is a sure sign of madness. And yet – JESUS claimed the same thing and nobody calls HIM insane. Why does he get special treatment? On this episode, we drill down into the evidence for the...