#72 – #DBAC

#72 – #DBAC

Augustus brought better roads, wine and a taste for the nicer things in life to the Gauls. He also brought other aspects of Roman culture, like their religions, their amphitheatres, and he banned human sacrifices. But one of his appointees took advantage of the new...
#71 – Drusus Goes Up The Aenus

#71 – Drusus Goes Up The Aenus

Augustus goes back to Gaul and brings his stepsons, Drusus and Tiberius, to help conquer the hilltop tribes in the Swiss Alps. http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Augustus_71.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:13:39...
#70 – Fight For Your Right To Party

#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. ...
#69 – The Lamprey

#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.  http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Augustus_69.mp3Podcast:...
#68 – Mr Nice Guy

#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. But he...
#67 – Julia The Elder

#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...