#49 – Covered With Spots

#49 – Covered With Spots

When Augustus finally returns to Rome late in 24, he travels along newly restored roads that he had mostly paid for himself. They were adorned with statues of him. But how much did those statues, and those that survive today, actually resemble his true likeness? Also,...
#48 – Man Flu

#48 – Man Flu

We’re back! First show of 2017! On his way back from Spain, Augustus falls deathly ill with man flu, which forces him to think about his future. It doesn’t stop him from becoming consul for the 10th time where his new colleague is a guy with an unfortunate...
#47 – Festina Lente

#47 – Festina Lente

It’s in Spain where we first see the new cautious Augustus. Instead of taking crazy risks, like he sometimes did when he was younger, now that he’s 38, his favourite slogans are now: “festina lente” or “make haste slowly.” This doesn’t mean he isn’t fully aware of his...
#46 – Milites

#46 – Milites

Augustus needed to decide on the size and shape of the army. How many soldiers would he need to maintain the borders and to expand them when desired? And now that the civil war is over, what kind of new discipline is needed?...
#45 – Augustus Goes To Spain

#45 – Augustus Goes To Spain

Before Augustus leaves Rome, the gates of the Temple of Janus were re-opened, which means the peace is officially over. He’s going to war, to restore Roman order to his regions. But these are good old fashioned wars against foreign tribes. They aren’t civil wars. And...
#44 – The Reluctant Dictator

#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.  http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Augustus_44.mp3Podcast: Play in new...