September 15, 2016

Life of Augustus #38 – A Load Of Bull

It was a whole year after the suicides of Antony and Cleopatra before Octavian returned to Italy. Octavian captured the city of Alexandria on August 1, 30 BCE. Egypt […]
September 12, 2016

3.5 Days

Excerpt from a new iTunes review: “Some facts: The History of Rome covered the period from the introduction of Julius Caesar to the death of Cleopatra […]
September 9, 2016

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 […]
September 2, 2016

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 […]
August 26, 2016

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 […]
August 18, 2016

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.   […]
August 12, 2016

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 […]
August 5, 2016

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 […]
July 15, 2016

Life of Augustus Caesar #31 – Cleopatra & Cloaca

Agrippa rolls up his sleeves and gets shit done (literally) and we talk about the woman who ruled a country, wrote a book about make-up, and […]