Tiberius #18 – The Sensitive Clutorius

Tiberius #18 – The Sensitive Clutorius

We look at some of the controversies that Drusus had to deal with when he was sole consul in the year 21 CE. For example – Caecina Severus made a strong case that the wives of provincial governors should no longer be allowed to accompany their husbands abroad....
Tiberius #17 – I, Claudius

Tiberius #17 – I, Claudius

Claudius, son of Drusus and Antonia Minor, grandson of Livia and Mark Antony, was born in 10 BCE. He’s so disabled, his mother refers to him as a monster and uses him as a synonym for stupidity.  ...
Tiberius #16 – Edward J Watts Interview

Tiberius #16 – Edward J Watts Interview

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, and a great book about Hypatia. He’s got a great new book out about the collapse of...
Tiberius #15 – ‘Pisoff’

Tiberius #15 – ‘Pisoff’

Abandoned by everyone, Piso walks off the stage. Plancina gets a pardon. Tiberius pulls a Trump and says Piso betrayed his trust. And then there’s this how thing about erections and electrocution that we are slightly ashamed about....
Tiberius #14 “Do Your Farking Job!”

Tiberius #14 “Do Your Farking Job!”

Agrippina and Piso arrive (separately) back in Rome. And the trial of Piso begins. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Tibbo_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:05:02 — 89.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |...
Tiberius #13 – “Infected”

Tiberius #13 – “Infected”

Meanwhile in Rome, people are just getting news that Germs is ill and they are furious at Tibbo and Livia. Aha! They said. Now we know why he was sent into the middle of nowhere. He has probably been poisoned like his father Drusus was, because they both wanted to...
Help Jesus!

Help Jesus!

I just launched my second and last Kickstarter campaign for the Jesus film! Check it out, promote it, support it, lick it, rub yourself all over it! http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/kickstater_promo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Tiberius #12 – Tears for Germanicus

Tiberius #12 – Tears for Germanicus

Why did Germanicus go to Egypt? To get to the other side. His real motive, according to Tacitus, was tourism HOWEVER a couple of papyrus fragments discovered in Oxyrynchus in the 20th century, contains a fragment of a speech to the Alexandrians And it confirms that...
Tiberius #11 “Father of the Legions”

Tiberius #11 “Father of the Legions”

To Germanicus, Piso’s appointment will have been clear proof that Tiberius still did not trust him. To some extent it followed the pattern whereby a tried and trusted man was sent to watch over a young and inexperienced prince. But Germanicus was neither so young nor...
Tiberius #10 – Piso Shit

Tiberius #10 – Piso Shit

Problems in the East. It had started back in 15, when the Parthians expelled their king, Vonones. Although I’ve also read 12. Vonones was the eldest son of Phraates iv and had been handed over to Augustus as a hostage in the 20s BCE along with his three brothers....
Tiberius #9 – Happy Fish

Tiberius #9 – Happy Fish

The other problem Tibbo had in 16 was a belated consequence of the removal of Agrippa Postumus. As soon as he heard of Augustus’ death, Clemens, one of Agrippa’s slaves, had decided to sail to Planasia and engineer Agrippa’s escape to the German armies, where he...
Tiberius #8 – The Libo Shuffle

Tiberius #8 – The Libo Shuffle

Meanwhile, while Germs was off in Germany fighting Germans… Tibbo had major problems to deal with. SILK CLOTHING. CASSIUS DIO:  Tiberius forbade any man to wear silk clothing and also forbade anyone to use golden vessels except for sacred ceremonies. And when...
Tiberius #7 –  Lindsay Powell, Germanicus

Tiberius #7 – Lindsay Powell, Germanicus

We are very excited to welcome back to the show our favourite history detective Lindsay Powell, author of several terrific books on Agrippa, Augustus and Germanicus. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Tibbo_7.mp3Podcast: Play in new...
Tiberius #6 – Pulling Out

Tiberius #6 – Pulling Out

Germs got a FULL triumph and a triumphal arch, which was erected the following year only 150 yards from the arch erected by Augustus to celebrate the return of the standards from Parthia. This suggests Tibbo wanted people to think about the campaign as about...
Tiberius #5 – Lèse-majesté

Tiberius #5 – Lèse-majesté

After witnessing the Varus killing fields, They were furious and wanted revenge against Arminius and the Cherusci. Maybe Germs had calculated this? Or maybe it was an accident? With the Bructeri out of reach Germanicus set out in pursuit of Arminius, who skillfully...
Tiberius #4 – The Return of Herman

Tiberius #4 – The Return of Herman

Remember Arminius, the leader of the Cherusci tribe of Germans? The complete bad-ass who took down Quinctilius Varus at the Varian Disaster  aka the Clades Variana aka The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ? Well around 14 he’s having some issues with his father-in-law,...
Tiberius #3 – The Troops Are Revolting

Tiberius #3 – The Troops Are Revolting

Poor Tiberius has to live up to Augustus! He’s already rich. He’s inherited Augustus’ fortune. He could just retire, get a nice little house by the beach, with a pool, some pretty girls, Netflix and chill for the rest of his life. Why should he deal with all of the...
Tiberius #2 – The Confirmation

Tiberius #2 – The Confirmation

As you might recall from our last series, Tiberius came from several impressive families. He was, of course, the adopted son of Augustus, and therefore a Caesar. He was also a Claudian via his father. The Claudians were one of the most prominent patrician houses at...
Tiberius #1 – Killing Aggy P

Tiberius #1 – Killing Aggy P

And so it was that in the year 767 Ab Urb Condita, 14 AD if you’re a Christian, or 14 CE if you’re secular Or, if you were living in Rome at the time, you would called it the year of the consulship of Sextus Pompeius and Sextus Appuleius Caesar Augustus died. What...
#100 – AESAR

#100 – AESAR

Augustus is feeling pretty chipper so he and Livia join Tiberius on his trip to the east. It’ll be the princeps’ last trip. Meanwhile Augustus asked people to just leave him the fuck alone. In 12 CE Germanicus read a speech out in the Senate where he said...