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...
Caligula #17 – Brittanicus Germanicus

Caligula #17 – Brittanicus Germanicus

Caligula plans his invasion of Britain. It would have been the first time any Roman solider had been there since Julius Caesar. What motivated his plans? Was he even serious? It’s often portrayed as a stupid stunt. But we discover there may be more to it. How...
Caligula #16 – Bless The Rains

Caligula #16 – Bless The Rains

Sometime around the year 40, Caligula executed Ptolemy, the king of Africa Proconsularis and Roman ally. It’s usually portrayed as evidence of his insanity and greed – but perhaps there is an alternative explanation....
Caligula #15 – The Conspiracy

Caligula #15 – The Conspiracy

Caligula suspects a grand conspiracy against his person and the sword falls on a variety of people – including the commander in Gaul, his two surviving sisters and his best friend / lover, Lepidus....
Caligula #14 – The Great Purge

Caligula #14 – The Great Purge

Caligula built a 3-mile long bridge over the Bay of Naples. Why? So he could ride over it to prove someone wrong. Then he marries his third and last wife, Caesonia. Then he fires two consuls for not celebrating his birthday and starts a general purge of governors who...
Caligula #13 – No More Mr Nice Guy

Caligula #13 – No More Mr Nice Guy

In 39 CE, Caligula walked into the Senate and tore them all a new one. The gloves came off. The nice guy act was over. He criticized them for enabling Sejanus’ persecution of his family and for criticizing Tiberius when in fact they urged him on. Then he...
The Psychopath Epidemic 01 – Corporate Psychopathy

The Psychopath Epidemic 01 – Corporate Psychopathy

While I wait for my IT guy to set up a new website for The Psychopath Epidemic, I thought I’d share you with the first episode of The Psychopath Epidemic podcast. My inaugural guest is Dr Nathan Brooks PhD from CQUniversity. He’s a forensic psychologist...
Caligula #12 – The Divine Drusilla

Caligula #12 – The Divine Drusilla

When Caligula’s favorite sister, Drusilla, suddenly died in 38 CE, he couldn’t cope. He made her a god, to be worshipped as Panthea, the “All-Goddess,” or “all-embracing deity”, Divae Drusillae Sorori Caius Augusti Germanici. One senator declared under...