On the 19th August, 14 CE, 767 years after the founding of Rome, nearly exactly 2001 years ago, the first Emperor of Rome, Augustus, finally died, at 75 years of age. His great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, the most brilliant and successful general in Rome’s history, had been assassinated aged 56 after being the dictator of Rome for only 5 years. Augustus, on the other hand, thrust into the limelight at age 18, with no military or political experience, ruled Rome either as one-third of a triumvirate or by himself for 58 years and died, probably of natural causes, while still in power. His reign laid the foundations of a regime that lasted, in one form or another, for nearly fifteen hundred years through the ultimate decline of the Western Roman Empire and until the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. He was one of the most influential figures in all of Western history – and yet I bet most of you hardly know anything about him.
WELL – THIS IS HIS STORY.
It’s a story that contains shipwrecks, human sacrifice, betrayal, hairbreadth escapes, unbridled sex, battles on land and at sea, ambushes, family scandals, and above all the unforgiving pursuit of absolute power.
Join veteran podcasters Ray Harris (The World War II Podcast) and Cameron Reilly (The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast) as they go on a journey to discover the true story about Augustus Caesar.
WARNING: This podcast contains jokes, rude words and music.
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I am so happy you’re doing a podcast about Augustus, my childhood hero! Intro is killer!
First time listening but this was bloody brilliant, will definitely keep listening.
This is what im using for revision for my Classics a-level, thank you so much for making material for lazy revisers like me
Snake reason, read into the the story of Zeus and Semele’s creation of Dionysus to understand that at least in the case with Zeus, the god can’t appear in true form without killing the human. This doesn’t hold up with all the gods because we know that Athena appeared often to Odysseus. But, it might be a start for explaining the snake.
Just finished Ceaser & starting Augustus. Keep it up guys. Luvn it.