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Life Of Caesar

By Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

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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. WELL - THIS IS HIS STORY. 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. 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. WARNING: This podcast contains jokes, rude words and music.

Customer Reviews


A podcast solely on Caesar sounds like it would be hard to mess up. And I'm undecided if they're messing it up. My opinion is with content rich podcasts, I like listening to them multiple times because they have so much information to digest. But this podcast ignores this by constantly going off topic. I really like the WWII podcaster, but the Australian grates me by not keeping to the subject.

A bit aimless

Two intelligent, well-informed guys doing a patchy, poorly-produced historical podcast.

For example, in the first instalment they talk at length about Caesar's relationship to Sulla, without providing any background on who Sulla was. It's an insiders' conversation between two people who already know more about the topic than the listeners do.

Ultimately I turned it off after twenty minutes, because one of the presenters was recorded very soft, so you crank the volume up to hear him, then get blasted by the other bloke, who's at full volume.

People don’t know quality.

I don’t understand the complaints on here. The podcasters (?) make a good point; if you want a comprehensive book like review of Caesar, read one of those paper things with harder paper covers. They wouldn’t know quality if it crept up and “entertained” them in a sweaty pirate cove. I enjoy this both as a history graduate, a lover of fine food and someone who needs entertaining and factual information to listen to at the gym. Carry on, gentlemen.

Life Of Caesar
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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