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7 – The Claudian Invasion of Britannia

7 – The Claudian Invasion of Britannia

This episode covers the invasion of Britannia in 42 CE by emperor Claudius. The major characters we’ll be talking about today are… Emperor Claudius – Emperor of Rome and man in need of a serious PR campaign. Aulus Plautius – His General, and the man tasked with invading Britannia. Vespasian – Leader of the Second Legion and future Emperor of Rome (though he didn’t know it yet). Togodomnus – Son of Cunobellinus and...

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8 – Caractacus, the Home-Wrecker

8 – Caractacus, the Home-Wrecker

Caractacus’ rebellion leads to a nasty divorce, and Claudius marries a woman who’s killed at least one prior husband (a rookie mistake). This episode will cover the years 42 to 54 CE The main characters will be… Caractacus, leader of the British resistance and exiled king of the Catuvellauni. Aulus Plautius, the general who took Britannia for Emperor Claudius Publius Ostorius Scapula, a Roman governor of Britannia Cartimandua, Queen of the...

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9 – Suetonius, Part-Time Mountain-Climber and Full-Time Jerk.

9 – Suetonius, Part-Time Mountain-Climber and Full-Time Jerk.

We’re going to discuss Didius, Suetonius, Cartimandua, and Romanization as we set up our next topic… Boudica! This episode covers the years 54 CE to 60 CE and the major characters are… Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes and unhappy wife Venutius, King of the Brigantes and unhappy Husband and Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, governor of Britannia… and probably unhappy as well. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share...

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10 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part One

10 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part One

This episode focuses upon the year 60 and the story of Boudica, queen of the Iceni. The year was 1907. A young boy swimming in the river Alde spotted something shiny in the water. What he found was the bronze head that clearly had been hacked from the body a statue. He took it home, painted it white, and placed it in his garden. My American listeners likely have their heads spinning upon hearing this, but occurrences like the bronze head...

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11 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part Two

11 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part Two

Here’s the exciting conclusion of Boudica’s Rebellion. Additionally, as a side note, I have rerecorded the first 4 podcasts (the Introduction episode through Island Part Two) and I hope to rerecord Part 3 sometime soon. So they should have significantly better sound quality etc! Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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12 – The Road to the North

12 – The Road to the North

I’m back! I was delayed due to my computer kindly self-destructing last week. So for this episode we’ll be talking about how awful life under Roman Rule was in the first century, the year of the four emperors, and the events that lead up to Agricola. If you’re a fan on the podcast, please click the “Show your support” button on the website and become a member! Membership is cheap ($2.99 a month), it can be...

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13 – Agricola

13 – Agricola

We’re going to talk about the governorship of Agricola, the Scots, the Irish, and I’m going to say “isthmus” an unreasonable number of times! Here’s a map of Agricola’s advance. HOWEVER the dates listed are the later of the two dates I mention in the podcast. Many historians think that these dates should be one year earlier. (That will make more sense to you after you listen to the podcast). NOTE: I made...

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14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit this one is a little confusing. After all, the whole mystery is more than a little confusing. So here is a list of the bits of evidence we’re talking about. - The Ninth was nearly destroyed in a night assault by the Caledonians during Agricola’s northern campaign. - The last known battle the Ninth was in was Mons Graupius. - 108 AD, The Ninth built a gate at Eboracum (York). - Post 117 AD...

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15 – Hadrian’s Wall

15 – Hadrian’s Wall

Phew! This one is done. It was a bit of a doozy, and is also on the long side, which is why it took me a bit to get it put together. So here’s the 15th episode. Beware the Ides of the Podcast! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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17 – Advancement and Occupation

17 – Advancement and Occupation

Antoninus decides that he also wants a wall, and sends the legions north to build one. Sorry about the delay on this episode, I’ve been fighting with my computer for a couple days. I recorded this episode as soon as I got it up and running. Thanks for your patience. A bust of Antoninus Pius from the MET in NYC. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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18 – Abandonment and Reoccupation

18 – Abandonment and Reoccupation

Today we’ve got Antoninus, Marcus Aurelias, Russell Crowe… we’ve got it all! And Members, check your email. You should have a link for how to get your Members-Only episode! A bust of Marcus Aurelias from the MET in NYC. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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19 – Britannia’s Emperor

19 – Britannia’s Emperor

Ok, this one is pretty heavy on Roman intrigue. But it’s necessary to get us to the all the fun stuff in the next one. And besides, while much of what occurs in this episode is on the continent, it is still heavily influenced by the legions in Britannia. So it still counts as British History, right? Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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20 – Dysfunction and Sibling Rivalry

20 – Dysfunction and Sibling Rivalry

The family of Severus brings their own particular brand of family bonding to the shores of our island. Busts of Caracalla, kept at the MET in NYC, where he’s showing his winning personality. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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21 – The Dim Ages – Part 1

21 – The Dim Ages – Part 1

It’s starting to get dark in here! One of the coins of Pertinax, from the MET at NYC. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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22 – The Dim Ages – Part 2

22 – The Dim Ages – Part 2

Someone turn on the light! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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23 – We’re In Between Emperors at the Moment

23 – We’re In Between Emperors at the Moment

Things are changing rather quickly on our little island. (This is a re-upload. The old file had some recording errors. Sorry! It’s been one of those days.) Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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24 – Another British Empire

24 – Another British Empire

This time Carausius is going to try his hand at this empire thing and see if he can do better than Albinus and Postumus. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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25 – Listener Questions Special Episode

25 – Listener Questions Special Episode

Next week we will return to the tale of Carausius and his British Empire, but today is our 25th episode and so I’ll be answering questions submitted by listeners! (I can’t believe it’s already been 25 episodes). Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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26 – Occupy Britannia!

26 – Occupy Britannia!

I’m back and so is Carausius! Here we go! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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27 – York’s Revenge!

27 – York’s Revenge!

Constantius, throwing caution to the wind, follows in the footsteps of Severus. The featured image here is a bust of Constantius… And I thought I had a big nose. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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28 – Constantine and Britannia Sitting in a Tree

28 – Constantine and Britannia Sitting in a Tree

Oh yeah, we’ve got a real love affair going on here. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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29 – An End to Prosperity

29 – An End to Prosperity

Our luck could only hold out so long. And now Britannia is getting a taste of what the rest of the Empire had already come to know. Here’s a bust of Constantius II. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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30 – What is Best in Life?

30 – What is Best in Life?

Things in Britannia just keep getting worse! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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31 – Magnus Maximus

31 – Magnus Maximus

There’s some serious name envy going on in this episode. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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32 – Theodosius and Theocracy

32 – Theodosius and Theocracy

With special guest Valentinian II. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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