Life of Augustus #37 – Victor

Life of Augustus #37 – Victor

Rome had never seen anything like the three—day celebration of Octavian’s three-fold triumph — for his victories in Illyricum, Actium, and Alexandria — held in August of 29 BC.   He was granted a range of new powers, some he even refused as being too much.  But...
Life of Augustus #36 – Fatale Monstrum

Life of Augustus #36 – Fatale Monstrum

The poets of Rome vilify Cleopatra and yet also are in awe of her. Antony’s name and memory is wiped from the official records. And a Cicero gets to rejoice in the news of Antony’s suicide. But of course the question on everyone’s lips is –...
Life of Augustus Caesar #35 – The Death Of Antony & Cleopatra

Life of Augustus Caesar #35 – The Death Of Antony & Cleopatra

This is one of those episodes that feel like major turning points in the narrative. Ever since Julius Caesar was assassinated, way way back in 44 BCE, Mark Antony has been one of our main characters. He bestrode the Roman world like a colossus. And today we kill him...
Life of Augustus Caesar #34 – The Showdown (Part 2)

Life of Augustus Caesar #34 – The Showdown (Part 2)

The Battle of Actium begins. Octavian (& Agrippa) versus Mark Antony (& Cleopatra) fight to see who will be the last man standing in Rome.   http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Aug_34.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Life of Augustus Caesar #33 – The Showdown (Part 1)

Life of Augustus Caesar #33 – The Showdown (Part 1)

After 13 years of being frenemies, shit finally comes to a head between Octavian and Antony (and Cleopatra) as they throw down gauntlets that will lead them to the Battle of Actium on 2 September, 31 BCE.  ...
Life of Augustus Caesar #32 – Donations of Alexandria

Life of Augustus Caesar #32 – Donations of Alexandria

We’re back! On this episode, Octavia and Livia are made sacrosanct and granted unprecedented honours. We talk about “pater familias”, something Ray is trying hard to bring back. Then Antony gets back on the horse and captures Slartibartfast aka King...