November 25, 2016

#44 – The Reluctant Dictator

With great reluctance, Octavian allows the Senate to refuse his resignation. It’s a brilliant piece of political theatre. And to celebrate, he gets a new name. Play […]
November 18, 2016

#43 – I QUIT!

On the 1 January 27 BCE, Octavian started his seventh consulship.  On the 13th Jan, the Senate convened with Octavian as presiding consul.  And it was that day, […]
October 28, 2016

#42 – Making Rome Great Again

Apart from reviving the traditional institutions, Octavian also starts rebuilding the physical infrastructure of Rome. He ordered the restoration of 82 temples within Rome. So he’s […]
October 21, 2016

Life of Augustus #41 – Princeps

Octavian gives a speech to the Senate, inviting each senator to look at his own reputation, wealth and ancestry and decide whether he was truly fit […]
October 7, 2016

Life of Augustus #40 – The Restoration

Octavian is trying to restore some kind of normality to Rome. He hands out large wads of cash, opens the Temple to the Divine Julius and […]
September 29, 2016

Life of Augustus #39 – Knee Deep In The Hoopla

Octavian is running around settling affairs in the Middle East before he returns to Rome. Herod in Judaea visited Octavian to win his support. Octavian then […]
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 […]