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.
Nice Guy Nero
Nero becomes emperor on the murder of his step-father. He’s 16 or 17 years old. Why didn’t the Senate stop him? It might have something to do with Seneca and Burrus. Seneca wrote him a speech where he promised to be nice. And, indeed, the first five years of his rule seemed to go well. His mother, Agrippina, ruled by his side.
The Last OG
This is the story of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Known to us as Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Or just “Nero”. On this episode, we ask - how is it possible that a man tutored and guided by one of the most famous Stoic philosophers, Seneca, would end up with the reputation as one of history’s worst tyrants?
A Mushroom & A Feather
Messallina decides the time has come. She has a poison expert released from prison and they prepare a special dish of mushrooms for Claudius’ last meal. But the mushrooms weren’t enough and so they had to finish him off - with a feather.
Claudius builds the world’s biggest tunnel and puts on a huge show to celebrate. But things don’t go to plan. Nero gets married and starts to build his political profile - he is only 16.
Claudius and Agrippina get hitched despite the fact that she was his niece. She immediately starts to get rid of her enemies, reward her supporters, and prepare the ground for the next stage of her plan to make her young son, Nero, the emperor.
Claudius #12 – Lips That Grip
It's 48 CE. Messalina is dead. So now Claudius needs a new wife. There are several candidates, including Julia Agrippina, the daughter of Germanicus, making her Claudius' niece. Conveniently, her rich husband had recently died. She is also the mother of a young boy called Domitius Ahenobarbus - but who will soon change his name to Nero.
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Get it over with
You two are a couple of clowns who need to rent a room somewhere in the middle (maybe hawaii) and bugger each other and get it over with. But aside from that...love the podcast. Keep up tue great work, fellas.
I really want to like this series. The hosts are clearly knowledgeable and personable. Just the childish banter and completely inappropriate and unnecessary conversations interspersed with the actual historical content is too much and painful. I tried really hard but gave up. Such a shame.
These guys are too good!
Just finished Claudius #11, where at the beginning - after Cam survives a big fall his 50th - they commiserate about not being invited to podcast conventions, concluding that they are too good for them. I agree! For a great, alternate take on the history here, listen in. They make you think about really what happened.
But even more - they are the same as Donald Trump (now a few days after the 2020 election) - he's too good of a president. So just like Cam and Ray don't get invited to podcasting conventions, Trump won't be invited back for a 2nd term by the American people!
Hope this comment ages well as the election isn't quite done yet...
Keep up the good work, can't wait for your take on Nero.