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.
January 22nd, 2016
Episode 84 of 152 episodes
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS! Again! but this time... we're a little worse for wear. On this episode we discuss more stories from the proscriptions but also delve deeply into the economics behind it, and discover that in a very brief period Rome found itself with a brand new class of nouveau riche - which changed Rome forever. If you're in Brisbane, check out Peter Cabral's photography! He took some amazingly good family photos for Cam late last year. And if you're interested in learning more about the greatest Latin American revolutionary of them all, check out Sherlock Ortiz's new Life of Simon Bolivar!