3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

This episode covers the years 56 BCE to 55 BCE

Today we’re going to talk about Giaus Julius Caesar. Just about everyone knows who Julius Caesar was, but for those of you who aren’t sure and are wondering if he’s the salad guy… remember that Roman who was stabbed to death on the Senate floor, including by his friend Brutus, which lead to the Shakesperean phrase et tu brutae? Well, that’s the guy!

And Caesar wanted Britannia… In one stroke he could stabilize his provinces and add substantial power to his name by crossing the feared ocean and bringing the end of the world within the province of Rome. His path could not have been more clearly laid out before him.

Unfortunately, there were legal issues to be dealt with regarding the contemplated invasion. Rome dealt harshly with Governors who acted illegally outside of their own provinces and Caesar had powerful enemies in the Senate who would not miss an opportunity to bring the General down.

But that wouldn’t stop Caesar…

  8 comments for “3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

  1. Nurbek
    January 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hello Jamie!
    Thanks for your podcast!
    I’ve gotten interested in British history only recently. I thought that I should start with listening some podcast about it to get started and yours is just perfect for it.
    I have a question: what is the song you use in the podcasts? I am sorry if you’ve been asked this question before.

    • January 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

      It’s a free song on the creative commons called Northbound. :)

  2. Kiwwy
    February 5, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Fish and chips is nice, so I can understand his reasoning!

  3. steeeeve
    February 25, 2014 at 5:50 am

    great podcast, informative with enough emphasis, humanity, and points of interest to hold attention. love it. especially liked the episode that covered origins of holidays and the old pagan beliefs

  4. June 16, 2014 at 4:59 am

    The file seems to have been deleted, and it’s not appearing on iTunes, either… is there any way I can find it?

    • June 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

      It should be working now. Sorry about that :)

  5. Andrea
    October 8, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thank you for this series, just started but really looking forward to working through it. Suddenly my brain is retaining the facts, it must be be the way you tell it.

    • October 8, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! :)

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