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.
September 24th, 2015
Episode 72 of 128 episodes
THIS IS THE END. SERIOUSLY THIS TIME. WE MEAN IT. We cover the events of March 18 - 20, 44BCE. Brutus & Cassius invite the plebeians up to the Capitoline Hill andgive another speech. TheSenatevotestogiveCaesarapublicfuneral,tobeheldintheForumon18March, and to a public reading of this will. Both are really,reallybad ideas. They are probably thinking "hey we've killed the old man, what could go wrong now?" At the funeral, Antony gives an impassioned speech - but probablynotthe one you think he gives. And, as we wrap up the series, a young man called Octavius is catapulted onto the world stage - and nothing will ever be the same again! ------- Discuss the episode on the TPN Forum. ------- HOW TO LISTEN: Listen On Your Computer Flick the PLAY button up aboveor, to listen to old episodes, go toour podcast section, click on the episode you want to listen to, and click on the play button. Listen On Your Mobile Usethis feedto subscribe in some random podcast player or click the logos below to add to iTunes or Stitcher.
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