I have been having difficulty with the Times 2 crossword. This is NOT, I hasten to add, The Times Crossword which is cryptic and completely beyond my comprehension. Although I did once get a clue – about 30 years ago! Anyway one clue on Monday for the Times 2 was ‘Successor to Julius Caesar’. Hmm. Claudius lived about then. Correct number of letters. Fitted with two of the other clues I had. Gave it a shot. Later having almost finished it I had to re-examine it because what I thought was the answer to one of the other clues wouldn’t fit. Eventually I decided that I didn’t know (mind blank time) and looked it up in one of my many reference books. I take the view that in an emergency one can confirm or find information using a book. It’s only cheating if you Google it! That’s what you do when you realise there’s no hope!
The list of Roman Emperors didn’t include Julius Caesar. Huh! Julius Caesar was a Roman Emperor. Wasn’t he? No. He wasn’t. Apparently. I am totally ashamed to say that I had never realised (or if I ever did know, I’d lost the knowledge long ago) that the Roman Empire started after his reign. Julius was Caesar of the Roman Republic. He was followed by Augustus, who was the first Emperor. I’ve spent ages this morning reading it all up on Wikipedia.
So now I know.