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.
“Abominations And Wickedness”
Nero likes hanging out under bridges where he could “take his pleasures more freely” and this leads to trouble for Sulla’s great-great-great grandson. But Nero also wants to abolish taxes because he’s a dirty commie. Then the Germans start some shit and find out why he was called “ONE CHANCE NERO”.
Tacitus shares some Salacious Stories from Nero's Rome in the year 58 CE - mostly about ambitious women.
There’s a war with Parthia, Rome’s boogeyman since they cut off the head of Crassus in 53 BCE, a hundred years earlier, and Nero sends Corbulo to deal with it. He whips his troops into order and kicks ass, wearing a mankini while his troops’ hands fall off from the cold.
Nero starts his own Fight Club. Apart from that, the years of 56 - 58 were pretty good. Nero made some wise decisions (no doubt with the help of Seneca), showing moderation and generosity. He was turning out to be an emperor of the calibre of Augustus.
Nero The Murderer
This is where the story becomes really weird. Nero, up until now the golden child, suddenly becomes a cold murderer with the murder of Britannicus.
Nero In Love
In the first year of his rule, Nero was a big hit. He built a wooden amphitheatre in the Campus Martius, flooded it, and held a naval battle with sea monsters. In his gladiator shows, nobody died, not even criminals. But then… Nero fell in love.
Life of Caesar
Finally onto Claudius!
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.
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.