42 episodes

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.

Life Of Caesar Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

    • History
    • 4.5, 220 Ratings

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.

    Claudius #4 – The Good Emperor

    Claudius #4 – The Good Emperor

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Claudius #3 – The Emperor

    Claudius #3 – The Emperor

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Claudius #2 – The Historian

    Claudius #2 – The Historian

    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.

    • 57 min
    Claudius #1 – The Monster

    Claudius #1 – The Monster

    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.

    • 57 min
    Caligula #25 – The Partial Historians

    Caligula #25 – The Partial Historians

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

    Caligula #24 – Hoc Age

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

imperaror caesar ,

Life of Caesar

Finally onto Claudius!

Rowie Burger ,

Greatest Podcast of All Time

I never would’ve thought that ancient history could be interesting. Now I listen to 2-3 hours of Roman history a day as I commute to and from work. I’m still catching up but I’m already looking forward to Cam and Ray’s other podcasts. Cam and Ray are so good they even pop into your head at inappropriate times, in particular them laughing about the quote “passengers are never allowed on board until the hold is full”.
This podcast is the most entertaining podcast I’ve listened to and is massively binge worthy. Well worth a listen.

Tricycle II ,

And on to Caligula...

Having heard this double act since they made their mark with the original Julius Caius Ceasar, I dread to think how far this will go having such a twisted subject matter.

Having watched ‘ I, Claudius’ inspired by these two, I can only sense Ray is Claudius to Cam’s Caligula.

Only a man with a cunning plan could possibly survive what is being thrashed around and at him.

History? Oh, bit of that too.

Carlos (Sydney)

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