Augustus Caesar #70 – Fight For Your Right To Party

Augustus Caesar #70 – Fight For Your Right To Party

In 17 BCE Augustus decided to throw a huge party, The Secular Games, which was held only once every 110 years. Somehow this gets us talking about sex, animal sacrifices, holy trinities, Barabbas and Leviticus. Don’t ask me. I just work here.  The...
Augustus Caesar #69 – The Lamprey

Augustus Caesar #69 – The Lamprey

There’s a story about how Augustus dined one night with an old friend, Vedius Pollio, an equestrian known for his wealth, love of luxury, cruelty – and his pet lampreys.  The Complete Premium Caesar: (Protected Content) HOW TO LISTEN If you’re seeing...
Augustus Caesar #68 – Mr Nice Guy

Augustus Caesar #68 – Mr Nice Guy

Augustus was a pretty approachable guy (like us!). We tell some stories about how he made himself readily available to everyone from Senators to the general public. And yet they weren’t trying to assassinate him, which says a lot about his popularity by 18BCE....
Augustus Caesar #67 – Julia The Elder

Augustus Caesar #67 – Julia The Elder

Julia the Elder, the only legitimate biological child of Augustus (which makes her the daughter of the son of god), was definitely hot stuff. She had what you might politely call “a reputation”. We don’t know much about Julia’s childhood or early teenage...
Augustus Caesar #66 – Consilium Principis

Augustus Caesar #66 – Consilium Principis

In this episode, we’re dealing with events around 18 BCE: The most important innovation Aug created around this time was his new small council, the consilium principis (advisers to the princeps). Another thing he did to reduce the numbers of the Senate was...
Augustus Caesar #65 – Arsen Nisanyan

Augustus Caesar #65 – Arsen Nisanyan

A quick break from the Augustus story and the usual frivolity to have one of our long-time listeners on to tell us his incredible story. Arsen Nisanyan has just graduated from the Classics department at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and has...