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There were a number of emperors in ancient Rome named Caesar. It starts with the great Julius Caesar ((13 July 100 BC– 15 March 44 BC). After his assassination on the ides of March and following a few battles he was succeed by Octavian, or Caesar Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14)who was the adoptive son of Julius Caesar,and emperor at the time of Jesus’ birth.

Tiberius (Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus; 16 November 42 BC – 16 March 37 AD), was Roman Emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD and the Caesar in our story today.

In an earlier post I highlighted Mike Duncan’s History of Rome  which is 100+ segments long and each program runs about 15 minutes in length, and it is easy to listen to.

If history is your thing then check out Mike’s website: The History of Rome to subscribe to the Podcast or go to the ITunes Store and search on Mike Duncan.

Episode 52-Caesar Augustus takes place in 27BC and is close to the time of Jesus’ birth in a far away corner of the Empire. While the episode does not deal with the start of Christianity it does provide background as to what was happening at that time in Rome. You may remember Caesar Augustus from Luke Chapter2:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

Episode 54- All in the Family talks about Tiberius and his exploits as emperor. It is not about the gospel but these podcast will provide some insight into the Roman Empire which included the Jews of our Lord’s time.

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