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Life Of Caesar

Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

Society & Culture, History

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.<br /> <br /> WELL - THIS IS HIS STORY.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> WARNING: This podcast contains jokes, rude words and music.

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#65 – Arsen Nisanyan

June 15th, 2017

A quick break from the Augustus story and the usual frivolity to have one of our long-time listeners on to tell us his incrediblestory. Arsen Nisanyanhas just graduated fromthe Classics department at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and has been accepted to both Oxford and Cambridge to continuehis studies to become an Ancient...

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#64 – The Cunning Plan

June 8th, 2017

Augustus returns to Rome andhe comesup with a cunning plan. He also fires the entire Senate. And Cam finds out whoVanna White is.

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#63 – The Princeps Live

June 2nd, 2017

When we started this show, we never thought we’d see the day when the Princeps himself would appear on the show as a guest. I guess we’ve made it.

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 struggles for many years before final victory is won and the greater community can enjoy peace and prosperity.Sometimes they needed to do dreadful things for the greater good and...