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...
#99 – Papa Don’t Preach

#99 – Papa Don’t Preach

Before the news of Varus’ defeat had reached Rome, one of Augustus’ main concerns in 9 CE was how unpopular his legislation encouraging marriage and raising of children was.  Click on the banner and use the coupon code LOC to get 25% off your first three months! It’s...
#98 – State Of Shock

#98 – State Of Shock

News of Varus’ defeat reached Rome only five days after the victory celebrations from the Balkan war.  Click on the banner and use the coupon code LOC to get 25% off your first three months! At least Augustus could now transfer troops back to the Rhine.  But this was...
#97 – ARMINIUS

#97 – ARMINIUS

The downfall of Ovid and the rise of Arminius.   Click on the banner and use the coupon code LOC to get 25% off your first three months! Another person who got caught up in all this was the poet Ovid.  He of the Ars Amatoria, in Engligh, the Arse of Love. ...
#96 – The Grandkids

#96 – The Grandkids

The downfall of Julia’s surviving children, Agrippa Postumus and Julia the Younger. Click on the banner and use the coupon code LOC to get 25% off your first three months! * The food shortages lasted for several months. * Including Augustus’s birthday, so he...
#95 – Thumbs

#95 – Thumbs

* While all this is going on with the Dalmatians, there are problems in other provinces as well. * We hear of campaigning going on in….. Africa. * And also this is the period when Herod’s son Archelaus is so unpopular in Judaea that he’s stripped of his throne and...
#94 – The Great Illyrian Revolt

#94 – The Great Illyrian Revolt

* Apparently this kind of pride was enough for Augustus to decide they had to go. * Bodacious must have seen it coming, because he built up his forces to prepare. * Which of course the Romans noticed, so they thought he was even more of a threat. * The Romans had a...
#93 – Bodacious

#93 – Bodacious

And overnight, Tibbo goes from being invisible to being the Number Two man in Rome again! * WHO DOES NUMBER TWO WORK FOR * Oh he knows. * Now all of Aug’s successors are either Livia’s sons or her grandsons. * This would lead to rumours that she had organised the...
#92 – The James Brown Shuffle

#92 – The James Brown Shuffle

* By the time news of Caius’ death had reached Rome it was some time in late March, 4 CE. * Aug mourned but also hurried to plan for the future. * Of course, he didn’t have many options left. * Julia and Agrippa had one son left – Agrippa Postumus. * Or Aggy P...
#91 – All By Myself

#91 – All By Myself

* Keep in mind that by the standards of the day, jokes about deformities were pretty mild. * Remember those speeches Cicero gave about Mark Antony? The Phillipics? * Here’s just one example: * Let us speak rather of his meaner descriptions of worthlessness. You, with...
#90 – The Trouser Defense

#90 – The Trouser Defense

Augustus stayed in Rome more now, no longer going out on long tours of the provinces, probably because he’s in his sixties, probably because he doesn’t have someone like Agrippa to leave in charge while he’s away. * On his birthday in 2 CE, he wrote an interesting...
#89 – Days of our Lives

#89 – Days of our Lives

* It’s the year 1 BCE * Caius Caesar, biological son of Agrippa and Julia, adopted son of Augustus, is 19 years old. * And what do you get for the 19 year old who has everything? * A military command. * In a distant land. * There was a power struggle going on in...
SPECIAL – Dr Richard Carrier

SPECIAL – Dr Richard Carrier

A special philosophy episode. Nothing at all to do with Augustus or Rome. No Ray. Just me and a special guest – Dr. Richard Carrier, who has a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. Ancient History from Columbia University.  Talking about FREE WILL. Now most of you know that...
#88 – Ab Urbe Condita Libri

#88 – Ab Urbe Condita Libri

* Claudius was encouraged to take up writing history by the man who himself wrote one of the greatest histories during Aug’s reign – Titus Livius, aka Livy. * He was a local aristocrat from Northern Italy and never sought a career in public life. * His history...

Excellent Podcast

Having listened to both the Napoleon podcast and Rays WW2 podcast for some time I couldn’t believe my lucky when these to blokes teamed up for this podcast. There chemistry and humour make history fun and informative. It’s also forced me to question how I...
#87 – Killing Lions

#87 – Killing Lions

* Caius and Lucius presided over games including one where 260 lions were killed in the Circus Maximus which was built by the first Etruscan king of Rome Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. * BTW if you go to Rome today, you can see The Obelisco Flaminio, now in the Piazza del...
#86 – The Genius Of Augustus

#86 – The Genius Of Augustus

* Caius and Lucius seem unaffected by Julia’s exile. * She probably hadn’t had much to do with their upbringing for quite a while. * She was too busy having drunken orgies. * Both of them were adults and were assuming more of a public role. * They presided over the...
Live From Durham

Live From Durham

A quick hello from our hotel room in Durham, North Carolina. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Durham_Love_Nest.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:02 — 42.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google...
#85 – Ovid & Julia

#85 – Ovid & Julia

* In 2 BCE, Aug turned 60 and was made consul for the 13th time. * Lucius Caesar turned 15 and became a man. * He was made an augur and joined his brother as a leader of the youth. * He was also permitted to attend the Senate and marked down to be Consul in 4 CE. * On...