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Author: Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

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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 the Caesars.



WARNING: This podcast contains jokes, rude words and references to politics and religion. People easily triggered by such things should not listen. You poor snowflakes.
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Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo - brother-in-law of Caligula - is sent by Claudius to Germany to deal with some rebellious tribes. But he's TOO successful, so Claudius calls him home. Messalina decides to get married again - while still married to Claudius. Surprisingly he isn't too happy about it when he finds out. So she has a date - with a sword. The post Claudius #11 – Deviant Behaviour appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Claudius #10 Santa Claudius

Claudius #10 Santa Claudius

2020-10-1001:04:53

Messalina starts killing off men who refuse her sexual advances or who just have something she wants. Meanwhile, Claudius keeps being a nice guy and the people feel sorry for him. The post Claudius #10 Santa Claudius appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
The invasion of Brittania continues. When Plautius has them nearly finished, he sends for Claudius who turns up to take credit for the final blow. The Senate grant him tons of honours as a result of his victory. But he’s more interested in explaining to Romans how an eclipse works. The post Claudius #9 Vini Vidi Vici Bitchi appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
In 43 Claudius is consul again. Messalina is setting him up with girls to bang while she’s running sex parties in another part of the palace. Then he invades Britain, finishing the job Julius Caesar started nearly a century earlier. The post Claudius #8 – Invading Britannia appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
While the attempted coup was going on, Claudius had troops in Mauretania under the command of Suetonius Paulinus. One of Paulinus’ officers, Gnaeus Hosidius Geta, chases the Moors over the Atlas Mountains and into the desert - where he has to call on foreign gods to save his legions. The post Claudius #7 – Mauretania appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Claudius was a builder and a visionary. Humble and generous. He liked gladiatorial contests a little too much. But then there was his wife. Valeria Messallina. Like Livia, Messallina often gets blamed for some of the deaths that occurred early in his reign. The post Claudius #6 – The Revolt appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Claudius was a builder and a visionary. Humble and generous. He liked gladiatorial contests a little too much. But then there was his wife. Valeria Messallina. Like Livia, Messallina often gets blamed for some of the deaths that occurred early in his reign. The post Claudius #5 – The Wife appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
When Caligula was assassinated in 41, Claudius hid in a room of the palace called the Hermaeum, and then behind a curtain on a balcony. According to Suetonius, he was discovered by a soldier named Gratus - Gratitude - who said to his colleagues: "This is a Germanicus; come on, let us choose him for our emperor." But many in the Senate wanted to see him dead and a return to the republic. The post Claudius #4 – The Good Emperor appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Claudius #3 – The Emperor

Claudius #3 – The Emperor

2020-07-2201:06:43

When Caligula was assassinated in 41, Claudius hid in a room of the palace called the Hermaeum, and then behind a curtain on a balcony. According to Suetonius, he was discovered by a soldier named Gratus - Gratitude - who said to his colleagues: "This is a Germanicus; come on, let us choose him for our emperor." But many in the Senate wanted to see him dead and a return to the republic. The post Claudius #3 – The Emperor appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
For most of his life, Claudius was the Rosemary Kennedy of the Caesars. Without the ice pick lobotomy. Hidden from the public. If he wasn’t allowed to participate in Roman affairs, he would look elsewhere. He became a historian, writing a ton of books about his family, the Carthaginians, and about Etruscan history. But he wasn't boring. He was a bit of a womaniser, and loved to watch games in the arena, gambling, eating, drinking. Things only started to turn around for him when became Caligula’s co-consul in 37 - but whether or not this was Caligula's little joke is hard to say. The post Claudius #2 – The Historian appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
The first 50 years of Tiberius Claudius Nero's life was a mixture of wealth, power and cruelty. With symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, the young Claudius was called “a monstrosity of a human being, one that Nature began and never finished" - by his own mother. He was kept out of public life and power by his adoptive grandfather, Augustus, and his successor, Tiberius. He was treated as a fool and a joke by his nephew, Caligula. But after Caligula's assassination, he took power by force, becoming Rome's first true IMPERATOR. The post Claudius #1 – The Monster appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
In this special post-series wrap up episode of Caligula, I'm joined by my fellow Aussie history podcasters, Dr G and Dr R from The Partial Historians. The post Caligula #25 – The Partial Historians appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

2020-05-2901:03:53

On the last morning of his life, Caligula entered the temporary theatre on the Palatine in a good mood. The conspirators attacked him in a narrow corridor, on his way back to the palace during the lunch break between performances. The lead conspirator, the praetorian guard Chaerea, stabbed Caligula in the neck, shouting "hoc age" - TAKE THAT! Then he was set upon by a crowd of assassins. Then they brutally murdered his wife and child. The assassins searched for Claudius to bump him off too - but he couldn't be found. The post Caligula #24 – Hoc Age appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
There's nothing worse than having a Finicky Anus aka Lucius Annius Vinicianus. According to Josephus, Vinicianus was one of the main conspirators. As we'll see, Vinicianus was a long history of conspiring against the Julio-Claudians - he was complicit in conspiracies to overthrow Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. And his sons tried to overthrow Nero. The assassination of Caligula was planned to happen during the celebration of the Palatine games because Caligula had announced that he would be moving to Alexandria - perhaps permanently - the following day. The post Caligula #23.b – Finicky Anus appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
The final conspiracy against Caligula involved Cassius Chaerea, an officer of the Praetorian Guard; Callistus, Caligula's wealthy freedman adviser; and the senator Lucius Annius Vinicianus. Over the next three episodes, we'll explore whether or not the conspiracy was about getting rid of Caligula because he was batshit crazy - or because they wanted to restore the Republic. The post Caligula #22 – The Foot Stomp appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
My guest today is Anthony Poulton-Smith - Freelance Journalist, Author of 78 books, and many more articles, ghostwriter, speaker and etymologist. Chair of Tamworth Literary Festival, Tamworth History Group. He spoke to me recently about the Latin roots of some of my favourite words. You know what I'm talking about. The post Caligula #21 – Anthony Poulton-Smith appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Caligula got back to Rome around May 40 but stayed outside of the city until he could celebrate his ovation on his 28th birthday, 31 August. In the meantime he met with delegations from various parts of the world, including Philo's delegation from Alexandria, and Herod Antipas and his wife, Herodias, from Judaea. Conspiracies against him are everywhere. The post Caligula #20 – Hairy Antipasto appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Ray recently interviewed Lindsay Powell about Caligula. I asked Ray for show notes. This is what he gave me. "We talked of keeping the sources in context, considering the times they lived it and agenda. He went deep. Then his analysis of the events in the German border and the coast of Britain. And his apparent fickleness, which in a ruler, effects everyone but also how people like Suetonius probably used that." See? That's what I have to work with. The post Caligula #19 – Lindsay Powell on Caligula appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Caligula #18 – Living God

Caligula #18 – Living God

2020-03-2601:09:38

Many historians claim that Caligula’s demand to be treated as a living god is a sure sign of madness. And yet - JESUS claimed the same thing and nobody calls HIM insane. Why does he get special treatment? On this episode, we drill down into the evidence for the claim about Caligula. The post Caligula #18 – Living God appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
Caligula plans his invasion of Britain. It would have been the first time any Roman solider had been there since Julius Caesar. What motivated his plans? Was he even serious? It's often portrayed as a stupid stunt. But we discover there may be more to it. How did it fit into his German campaign and the conspiracies against him? And how does it factor into Claudius' later invasion? The post Caligula #17 – Brittanicus Germanicus appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.
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Top Clean

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Apr 25th
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Brad D

Did you remove the episodes from Life of Augustus. I could've sworn I was listening to it on this channel and then it just disappeared? If removed, do you know where I can listen to it?

Jan 28th
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Top Clean

Yes these 2 guys make history fun to learn. (^^,)

Jan 17th
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Ioana Azamfirei

vastatio= make desert, call it peace! :-D because peace, too, is in the eye of the beholder

Jun 24th
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Ioana Azamfirei

fun fact:"Tata" is the word we use in Romanian for father . Also 'pull a Sulla' gets me giggling every time you guys say it... those sound like 2 words for the male member in Romanian. Yes, great general that he was, Sulla's name is a part of a dick joke in a romance language that's closest to Latin. Marius, on the other hand, is a respectable boy name. Funny how that "worked out".

Jun 16th
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galactical thinker

Awesome show. I hope this at least goes up to the year of three emperors. If considering time jumping. please do Attetus and Attila the Hun.

May 2nd
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Joshua Reddick

omg! Cam PLZ STOP PLAYI G MUSIC AND SINGING ANLONG FOR OVER A MINUTE! I want info with a little fun, but the minute or 2 of your karaoke is unnecessary.

Oct 23rd
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Jacob Bains

Is the dynamic duo planning to podcast Suetonius, with nor phallic comedy and Trump phillipic? :)

Aug 25th
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Jacob Bains

Oh my goodness Ray and Cam, you have absolutely outdone yourself with the intro music to episode 98. I have always loved the (classic) sesame street pinball sequence. Thank you!

Jun 2nd
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Alisdair Williams

No its not !? .. but it is very good :)

Jan 27th
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Joe Yagama

listening to life of cisar is like watching the gladiator by russell crow

Oct 18th
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