NERO #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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"...
NERO #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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 #23 – The Great Fire Of Rome

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...