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Queens of the East

or "Hey Scott, what is this new series all about , anyway?"

As historian Warwick Ball put it, “History can never resist a warrior queen” – and, well, neither can I.Of course, since most ancient societies were patriarchal, the most common way for women to exercise political power was through their children or husbands.When first listening to Mike Duncan’s “The History of Rome” (THoR) podcast series, I remember being intrigued by the characters of Julia Domna and Julia Maesa.For years, I’ve been playing with the idea of writing a book on that family, who had so much influence on Roman affairs during the Severan Dynasty.A few months ago, when this thought had bubbled up again, it was countered, for the first time, by another thought – “I don’t write books, I do podcasts.”Which was actually a fruitful admission, since it got me thinking about the subject in new ways.

But, of course, Mike had already covered the Emesa clan both so well in THoR that there was no point in revisiting …

Episode B5 - Eclipsis

Synopsis: The birth of Juba and Selene's children, Ptolemy and Drusilla, and the death of Cleopatra Selene.

“The moon herself grew dark, rising at sunset,
Covering her suffering in the night, Because she saw her beautiful namesake, Selene, Breathless, descending to Hades, With her she’d had the beauty of her light in common, And mingled her own darkness with her death.” – Crinagoras of Myteline, Epigram for Cleopatra Selene
http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_B5_Eclipsis.mp3
Updated Octavian Family Tree: http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/2_Octavian_Clan_1BC.pdf

Episode B4 - Limitem Mundi

Synopsis: Juba and Selene begin their rule of Mauretania.

“Cato said…they must make no prayer for him; prayer belonged to the conquered, and the craving of grace to those who had done wrong; but for his part he had not only been unvanquished all his life, but was actually a victor now as far as he chose to be, and a conqueror of Caesar in all that was honorable and just.” – Plutarch, The Life of Cato the Younger

“My husband has died and I have no son. They say about you that you have many sons. You might give me one of your sons to become my husband. I would not wish to take one of my subjects as a husband... I am afraid.” – Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Letter to King Suppiluliuma I of Hatti http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_B4_Limitem Mundi.mp3
Map of Mauretania: http://s407341505.onlinehome.us\Mauretania.jpg