Episode 7 – Augustus, A Sexual Life

Our exploration of Augustus (63 BCE – 14 CE) takes a titillating turn as we consider some of the evidence for Augustus private life … which is somehow out in the public domain.

So what details can be discovered about Augustus’ antics in the ancient sources?

We take a look at some of the key sources that provide ‘insights’ into what went on behind ostensibly closed doors.

And just how far should we be inclined to trust the sources?

With a reasonable degree of historian skepticism, we consider some of the challenges with the source material relating to sex in ancient Rome.

Hear it all here!

Augustus’ Sex Life

Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus
The famous Prima Porta statue c. 20-17 BCE), from in Villa Livia in Prima Porta, 1863. Currently held by the Vatican Museums. This over life-size portrait contains a wealth of symbolism seeking to laud his role in political life and his military successes. The pose and style set the standard for the imperial imagery of later emperors. Image courtesy of Till Niermann / WIkimedia Commons.
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