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19 Commodus

September 17th, 2016

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What's that? You are bored of all these competent emperors running the show with diligence and enthusiasm? You wish the days of Caligula? Where a man would fear an invitation to dinner as much being forced to fight in the arena? Fear not! Commodus is here! He was a mad as a box of frogs, and lasted four times longer than his brother in sanity; Caligula. Find out what was in 'The Poo Dish', what to do with a hundred lions, who not to go to surgery for and how it was possible to go from the Golden Age of Rome to an utter mess in just over a decade. 

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18 Marcus Aurelius

September 10th, 2016

18_Marcus_Aurelius.jpgMarcus Aurelius. He had a tough life what with everyone in the world dying around him. All he wanted to do was curl up with a good book, but fate had other things in store for him. Those things included him freezing in a tent surrounded by angry barbarians. Poor Marcus. But if there is one thing that Marcus knows how to do well, it’s DEALING WITH IT. 


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17 Lucius Verus

September 3rd, 2016

17_Lucius_Verus.jpgHadrian wanted Marcus to rule. Antoninus Pius wanted Marcus to rule. The senate wanted Marcus to rule. Marcus wanted to read his books so asked his little brother for some help. Fortunately for the empire, Marcus' brother was Lucius Verus; a man who had great qualities such as loving drink, gambling, chariot racing and beating people up in taverns... oh... hang on... That's not a good sign is it?

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16 Antoninus Pius

August 27th, 2016

16_Anoninus_Pius.jpgAntonius Pius ws well known for doing just about nothing for 23 years. Great for his subjects, less good for historians who want a juicy story. However, we dive into his life to see if there was anything of interest in his life. Find out: All bout the mythical talking dogs! How a bunch of students changed the course of history! Who build that ditch in Scotland! and much more! 

 ALSO - special bonus review of the film Gladiator at the end of the episode recorded when we should possibly have put down the drink and gone to bed.
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15 Hadrian

August 13th, 2016

15_Hadrian.jpgThe third of the Five Good Emperors, Hadrian is one of the most well known of all the emperors. Mainly due to a wall be probably never thought of again after ordering its construction. But what else does Hadrian have to offer? Was he all good? Why did he start a religion? Why did he grow a beard? Why was he angry when his doctor killed himself? So he built a wall. And he had a beard. But does he have... it? 

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14 Trajan

August 6th, 2016

14_Trajan.jpgLong ago, a wise man said that the boundaries of the empire should remain static, that it was at it's largest extent. So wise was this man that his name became synonymous with the title of the Emperor. Augustus said it was so, so it was... Until Trajan thought - nah. Let's go and invade some people! Find out hoe Brian Blessed faired against the might of the Empire, How to kill someone with a polite horse and who discovered the tomato! 

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13 Nerva

July 30th, 2016

13_Nerva.jpgThe Senate finally get one of their men in! At long last the emperor is on the side of the group of old men in sheets rather than angry men with pointy things... nothing can go wrong... surely?

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