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Juvenal The Satirist & How The Hell We Got The Five Good Emperors | 141AD-150AD

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Juvenal the Satirist gives a look at Rome’s underbelly, & we solve how we got the idea of the Five Good Emperors – with surprising results.



In this newest edition of the A.D. History Podcast, Paul and Patrick explore a very unlikely – yet highly revealing – aspect of Roman society, satire. Specifically by exploring one of Rome’s most infamous satirists… Juvenal! Juvenal provides a perspective that skewers both the world of high Roman politics, as well as Rome’s seedy underbelly. 

For the second segment, Paul breaks down in full exactly how the hell we ended up with the historical concept of the “Five Good Emperors.” If you enjoyed our previous episode’s interview with Sam Aranow, it would be very difficult to consider the acts of Hadrian as “good.” So, what gives? We have the very answer for you!


Hosts – Paul K. DiCostanzo & Patrick Foote

Anna Domini – Voiced by Anna Chloe Moorey

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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.