Bad Ancient – Was Julius Caesar the First Emperor of Rome?

Understanding Roman imperialism and what we mean when we talk about empire and emperors can get tricky quite quickly. Julius Caesar is an important part of the conversation.

In our new article for Bad Ancient, we explore the claim sometimes made that Julius Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. He definitely wasn’t, but who was first opens up a lot of discussion!

Julius Caesar

Karl Theodor von Piloty 1865. Murder of Caesar

Looking to learn more about the contenders for emperor? Check out our vintage episodes on Augustus, Tiberius, and Vespasian!

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