Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

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 #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

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...
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #16 – Your Filthy Little Mouth

With Seneca out of the way, Tigellinus brings down the other prefect, Rufus. To strengthen his relationship with Nero, he increases his paranoia about the two men Nero had recently exiled for being threats to his power – Plautus and Sulla. Poppaea, not happy...
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #15 – 400 Slaves

In the year 61, Nero deals with riots, treason, Stoics and the death of one of his key advisors. data-episode-id="858079" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
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Nero #14 – Bloodshed And Destruction

Boudicea wins round one. But Suetonius has bloodshed and destruction on his mind. data-episode-id="858081" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
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Nero #13 – Badass Boudicea

Corbulo finishes round one in Armenia and gets a promotion. Meanwhile in Britain, a certain queen decides to take on the Romans – Boudicea. Exactly why, though, is a bit of a mystery. data-episode-id="850308" data-theme="light" data-height="190"...
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Nero #12 – Filthy Rabble

Agrippina is dead and Nero decides to party. Tacitus disapproves. He doesn’t like Nero’s parties and he doesn’t like his poetry. But then a comet appears, and everyone assumes it means the end of Nero’s reign – so they start looking for a replacement....
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #11 – Stephen Dando-Collins

Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian historical author, who, like me, once sold his soul to the gods of marketing and advertising but has been redeeming himself ever since. His new book is about the great Jewish – Roman war of 66CE, entitled “Conquering...
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #10 – All Manner Of Depravity

We examine the circumstances and theories surrounding the death of Agrippina. data-episode-id="833797" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
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Nero #9 – When In Rome

In the year 59, Nero decided it was time to get rid of his mother, Agrippina. But how much can we trust the narrative in the ancient sources? They have significant problems. data-episode-id="827790" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The...
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Nero #8 – “Abominations And Wickedness”

Nero likes hanging out under bridges where he could “take his pleasures more freely” and this leads to trouble for Sulla’s great-great-great grandson. But Nero also wants to abolish taxes because he’s a dirty commie. Then the Germans start some shit and find out why...
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Nero #7 – Salacious Stories

Tacitus shares some Salacious Stories from Nero’s Rome in the year 58 CE – mostly about ambitious women. data-episode-id="816012" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected...
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Nero #6 – ARMenia

There’s a war with Parthia, Rome’s boogeyman since they cut off the head of Crassus in 53 BCE, a hundred years earlier, and Nero sends Corbulo to deal with it. He whips his troops into order and kicks ass, wearing a mankini while his troops’ hands fall off from the...
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #5 – Fight Club

Nero starts his own Fight Club. Apart from that, the years of 56 – 58 were pretty good. Nero made some wise decisions (no doubt with the help of Seneca), showing moderation and generosity. He was turning out to be an emperor of the calibre of Augustus....
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Nero #4 – Nero The Murderer

This is where the story becomes really weird. Nero, up until now the golden child, suddenly becomes a cold murderer with the murder of Britannicus. data-episode-id="794539" data-theme="light" data-height="190" data-enable-volume="true"> The Complete Premium Caesar:...
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Nero #3 – Nero In Love

In the first year of his rule, Nero was a big hit. He built a wooden amphitheatre in the Campus Martius, flooded it, and held a naval battle with sea monsters. In his gladiator shows, nobody died, not even criminals. But then… Nero fell in love....
Nero #18 – Eternal Decline Part 2

Nero #2 – Nice Guy Nero

Nero becomes emperor on the murder of his step-father. He’s 16 or 17 years old. Why didn’t the Senate stop him? It might have something to do with Seneca and Burrus. Seneca wrote him a speech where he promised to be nice. And, indeed, the first five years of his rule...
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Nero #1 – The Last OG

This is the story of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Known to us as Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Or just “Nero”. On this episode, we ask – how is it possible that a man tutored and guided by one of the most famous Stoic philosophers, Seneca, would end...
Claudius #15 – A Mushroom & A Feather

Claudius #15 – A Mushroom & A Feather

Agrippina decides the time has come. She has a poison expert released from prison and they prepare a special dish of mushrooms for Claudius’ last meal. But the mushrooms weren’t enough and so they had to finish him off – with a feather. data-episode-id="771460"...
Claudius #15 – A Mushroom & A Feather

Claudius #14 – Digging Tunnels

Claudius builds the world’s biggest tunnel and puts on a huge show to celebrate. But things don’t go to plan. Nero gets married and starts to build his political profile – he is only 16. data-episode-id="766474" data-theme="dark" data-visual="true"...