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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#67 – Julia The Elder

July 13th, 2017

Julia the Elder, the only legitimate biological child of Augustus (which makes her the daughter of the son of god), was definitely hot stuff. She had what you might politely call “a reputation”. We don’t know much about Julia’s childhood or early teenage years.But by her late teens she had become a popular figure in...

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In this episode, we’re dealing with events around 18 BCE: The most important innovation Aug created around this time was his new small council, the consilium principis(advisers to the princeps). Another thing he did to reduce the numbers of the Senate was to raise the amount of wealth you had to have from 400,000 sesterces...

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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.