May 18, 2017

#62 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 3

Aeneas reflects Augustus in many ways – they both place duty and piety before their own comfort and interests.  Both have to endure great hardships and […]
May 11, 2017

#61 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 2

It would be a mistake to see Virgil’s poetry as purely political propaganda.  It was a matter of self-respect for Augustus to allow artists to do […]
May 5, 2017

#60 – Virgil & The Aeneid Part 1

“I sing of arms and the man”. Get ready for that classical education you missed out on because your parents couldn’t afford to send you to […]
April 20, 2017

#59 – The Last Triumph

Augustus does a deal with the Parthian King Phraates IV to return the standards and prisoners from their previous encounters with Crassus and Antony. And Lucius Cornelius […]
April 14, 2017

#58 – It’s All Greek To Me

While Augustus is out in the provinces, he tends to give his speeches in Greek rather than Latin, to show how much he respects their regional […]
April 7, 2017

#57 – Herod The Great

One of the client rulers who is best known during these years is Herod The Great. He was brutal, but the Romans didn’t mind, as long […]
March 24, 2017

#56 – Let It All Hang Out

For the people in the provinces, Augustus was just the latest in a long line of foreign rulers, like the Greeks and the Persians before him. For […]
March 16, 2017
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#55 – Augustus Goes To Sicily

In the year 22 BCE, Augustus went to Sicily, Rome’s oldest overseas province. But the people aren’t prepared to let him go that easily. They start burning […]
March 9, 2017

#54 – Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt has been everywhere. Which is why his blog is called Everything Everywhere. Since 2007 he’s been travelling nearly non-stop, taking photos – and has […]