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 […]
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 […]