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“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” - Tacitus. A podcast series looking at the rulers of the ancient Roman empire, by Dr Rhiannon Evans, Dr Caillan Davenport and Matt Smith.

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-09-15 06:24:32

Episode CXCVII - The Perusine War (220915-perusine-war.mp3)

With Antony distracted with developments in the east, Fulvia finds herself in the familiar position of advocating for her husband’s interests. This escalated to a war with Octavian, the outcome of which would leave Fulvia isolated.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

Content warning: There is rude Augustan poetry in this episode, as well as some rather insulting missiles. Please be advised.

Emperors of Rome will celebrate its 200th episode with a live recording in Melbourne on October 4th. Get your free tickets!

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-08-31 05:46:08

Episode CXCVI - Fulvia (220831-fulvia.mp3)

Fulvia came from a Roman noble family and is strongly associated with a string of influential husbands, most notably Mark Antony. She was influential and powerful in her own way, and would go on to play an important role in the Perusine War against Octavian.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-08-11 07:51:38

Episode CXCV - Q and A VIII (220811-qanda8.mp3)

For the eighth time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode:

- Was Antony rehabilitated?

- Did Classical Latin have regional dialects?

- How did Romans celebrate their birthday?

- Who was the first true Roman emperor?

- How much of the Roman Empire remains in the modern world?

- What were some of the Roman’s most notable superstitions?

- Did a Roman soldier get time off?

- When did it become customary for Romans to learn Greek?

- Did Rome have a foodie culture?

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-07-27 07:51:32

Episode CXCIV - Sea Monsters in Roman Mythology (220727-sea-monsters.mp3)

Rome has always been a sea-faring power, relying on the Mediterranean for food and trade. But what lies beneath the waves can chill the hearts of mortal men, and tales of aquatic horrors were common in antiquity.

Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-07-14 11:34:35

Episode CXCIII - The Humiliation of Caesar (Valerian III) (220714-valerian03.mp3)

With enemies to confront in every direction, Valerian heads back to the east where Shapur and the Parthians are once again threatening the borders of the Roman empire. While Valerian anticipates a victory, what is to come is the greatest defeat of a Roman emperor.

Episode III of 'Valerian'.

Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-07-01 01:49:19

Episode CXCII - The Persecution of Christians (Valerian II) (220701-valerian02.mp3)

Religious persecution wasn’t a new thing for Rome, but under the rule of Valerian they intensified. Christians were now the specified target, but the executions and confiscation of property did little to help the stability of the empire.

Episode II of 'Valerian'.

Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-06-13 06:16:47

Episode CXCI - Empire Under Siege (220613-valerian01.mp3)

When Valerian became emperor in 253CE Rome was fighting on all fronts. With Shapur and the Syrians taking territory in the east, and Germanic tribes to the west and the north, the empire was going to get messy for Valerian and his newly established dynasty.

Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-05-26 13:19:35

Episode CXC - I, Augustus (with Brian Blessed) (220526-brian-blessed.mp3)

Brian Blessed is a treasured British actor who for our purposes will fondly be remembered for his iconic role as Emperor Augustus in the 1976 BBC television series I, Claudius. Brian dominated the screen with his performance and we were very lucky to get the chance to speak to him.

Now funding on Kickstarter: Agricola (the podcast miniseries).

Guests:
Brian Blessed
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-05-20 09:04:28

Episode CLXXXIX - Nero and the Great Fire of Rome (Live in Canberra) (220520-nero-live.mp3)

On the night of 18 July, 64 CE, a fire broke out in the Circus Maximus at Rome. It raged for nine days, destroying or damaging ten of the city’s fourteen regions.

Was the fire just a terrible accident? Or was it deliberately lit, either by dissident Christians or by the emperor Nero, who allegedly sang while Rome burned?

Recorded on 12th April 2022, in front of a live audience at the Australian National University.

Now funding on Kickstarter: Agricola (the podcast miniseries).

Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-05-11 07:55:58

Episode CLXXXVIII - How to Win a Consular Election (220511-consular-election.mp3)

Every year Rome held an election in which two senators were chosen for the role of consul. Being elected consul was a great honour, and the position was hotly contested, and a successful campaign depended upon the candidate’s military achievements, rhetorical skills and their willingness to be corrupt.

Now funding on Kickstarter: Agricola (the podcast miniseries).

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-04-29 15:44:23

Episode CLXXXVII - The Battle of Philippi (220430-philippi.mp3)

More than two years have passed since the death of Caesar, and we now find our story at the final battle of the Liberator’s war. Octavian and Mark Antony lead their forces west to confront Cassius and Brutus, who have amassed quite the army in the meantime.

Part VI of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Assistant Professor Steele Brand (History, The King’s College, New York City).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-04-21 13:15:45

Episode CLXXXVI - Proscriptions (220421-proscriptions.mp3)

Octavian, Mark Antony and Lepidus have secured their alliance against Caesar's assassins, and since they have control of Rome, it's time for them to get rid of any competition. Proscribing an enemy means they will likely be executed, and their personal fortunes can be confiscated and put towards paying soldiers - and the second triumvirate make full use of this.

Part V of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Assistant Professor Zachary Herz (Legal Historian, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-03-29 04:12:41

Episode CLXXXV - The Second Triumvirate (220329-2nd-triumvirate.mp3)

After his victory in at Mutina, Octavian desired honours that the senate declined to award him. This led him to re-evaluate who his enemy truly was, and make an alliance with the recently defeated Mark Antony.

Part IV of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-03-21 02:54:40

Episode CLXXXIV - The Siege of Mutina (220321-siege-mutina.mp3)

As Antony heads north he finds the city of Mutina defended by Decimus Brutus. Antony lays siege, but he doesn't count on a young Octavian leading the army to confront him.

Part III of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-02-26 11:14:34

Episode CLXXXIII - Philippics (220226-philippics.mp3)

As the power struggle in Rome continued and generals waged their war on the battlefield, Cicero took to the floors of the senate, confronting Antony with the greatest weapon in his arsenal: the spoken word. He called his speeches the Philippics, and they were influential in turning the senate against Antony.

Part II of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Dr Kathryn Tempest (Reader in Classics and Ancient History, University of Roehampton).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-02-08 22:42:21

Episode CLXXXII - The Empty Throne (220209-empty-throne.mp3)

Caesar’s death created a power vacuum in the city of Rome. While Antony struggled against the senate to make a deal and assert his dominance, Octavian’s imminent arrival presented a rival he couldn’t anticipate.

Part I of 'The Liberator's War'

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-01-27 23:11:42

Episode CLXXXI - Crucifixion (220128-crucifixion.mp3)

Crucifixion was a Roman practise or torture and execution that proved a popular punishment for slaves and enemies of Rome When crucified an individual was nailed to a cross or a piece of wood and left in the elements to asphyxiate.

Obvious content warning!

Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2022-01-12 01:36:34

Episode CLXXX - The Fort (220112-the-fort.mp3)

The Roman fort functioned as a base of operations for the army, a defensive and functional structure that could protect both the frontier of the Roman Empire and the supply lines.

Guest: Dr Adrian Goldsworthy (historian and author, whose most recent work of fiction is titled 'The Fort').

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-12-16 03:17:44

Episode CLXXIX - Q and A VII (211216-qanda7.mp3)

For the seventh time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode: - What happened to the original sources - Did the Romans have dogs, and how did they use them? - What types of jobs did the Romans have that don’t exist today? - Did far-flung provinces retain their own languages? - What kind of libraries did the Romans have? - Did Emperors support the arts? - Have we rethought Domitian?

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of School of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-12-07 05:52:02

Episode CLXXVIII - Witches in Roman Literature (211207-witches-lit.mp3)

Romans had the reality of witches, those who made the brews and prepared the curses, but also the witches of fiction. In their poems and stories, a witch took on a horrific persona, one that skews much more closely to the modern idea of a witch.

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-11-15 10:44:34

Epsiode CLXXVII – Witches in the Roman World (211115-witches.mp3)

A witch occupied a strange niche in the Roman world. Distrusted but respected, persecuted but employed by the most elite, a witch in Rome existed on the sidelines and spoken of in hushed terms, and to many of the powerful, a weapon that could be employed.

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-10-31 12:38:48

Episode CLXXVI – The Apology of Apuleius (211031-apuleius.mp3)

When Apuleius married his friend’s mother, little did he realise that it would lead to a charge of sorcery, with a raft of seemingly innocent actions from buying a mirror to writing bad poetry bought up in front of the courts to prove his wicked intentions.

Unfortunately for his accusers, Apuleius was a skilled orator, educated in the art of philosophy and highly skilled at slandering his enemies.

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-10-09 09:28:27

Episode CLXXV - The Murder of Pedanius Secundus (211009-pedanius-secundus.mp3)

When Pedanius Secunus was murdered by his slave the law was precise - every slave in his household, every man, woman and child, would be crucified as punishment.

The law that allowed this was the Senatus Consultum Silanianum, It existed to ease the minds of the wealthy slave owners of Rome, allowing them to live in power amongst slaves who knew that their actions would mean that all are punished.

Guest: Assistant Professor Zachary Herz (Legal Historian, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-09-22 03:50:48

Episode CLXXIV - Boudicca (210922-boudicca.mp3)

In 60CE Rome came close to losing the province of Britannia in an uprising led by the warrior queen Boudicca, who united the tribes in the area, destroyed several Roman settlements and defeated part of a Roman legion.

She has become an icon of British resistance, highlighting the difficulty Rome had in controlling the distant provinces.

Part III of ‘Enemies of Rome’

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

When in Rome series 6 is now crowdfunding on kickstarter.

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-09-10 15:10:20

Episode CLXXIII - Arminius (210911-arminius.mp3)

There were few enemies of the Romans who had as much success as Arminius. One of the Germani who fought at their side, he was able to unite the disparate tribes, lure three Roman legions into a trap, and defeat them at the battle of Teutoburg Forest. His success and later resistance would leave the area largely free of Roman influence.

Part II of ‘Enemies of Rome’

Guest: Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of 'A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum').

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-08-26 13:00:08

Episode CLXXII - Vercingetorix (210826-vercingetorix.mp3)

Vercingetorix was a Gallic leader who managed to unite the local tribes and mount a credible defence against Caesar during his campaign in Gaul. While his resistance was ultimately futile, he has become a symbol of French nationalism and a much needed foe to Caesar’s Gallic war commentaries.

Part I of ‘Enemies of Rome’

Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-08-10 02:28:40

Episode CLXXI - Roman Magic (210810-roman-magic.mp3)

Magic was an essential part of the Roman world. You could use it in love, revenge, profit, life and death. All levels of Roman society made use of it, and it was an integral part of the understanding of both religion and medicine.

Guest: Professor Daniel Ogden (Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-07-29 08:07:41

Episode CLXX - Roman Luxury and Wealth (210729-roman-luxury.mp3)

If archaeological digs are anything to go by, Rome was a society of fantastic luxury. Impressive buildings, exotic foods, obedient slaves, and more marble than you could shake a toga at. But when you read ancient sources, there were those who felt uncomfortable with the opulence, and perhaps it was making the Roman’s soft.

Guest:

Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-07-23 07:01:45

Episode CLXIX - Gallus (210723-gallus.mp3)

When Decius died during a battle with the Goths, the Roman army took it upon themselves to appoint his successor - his remaining general Trebonianus Gallus. Gallus was praised for not beginning a civil war - unusual for the time - but would be unable to lead the empire through the turmoil.

Guest:

Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-06-25 14:02:49

Episode CLXVIII - The Gothic Invasion (Decius III) (210625-decius03.mp3)

The Goths are leaving Roman territory, and while they successfully sacked some cities there has been no lasting damage to the provinces - but the same can’t be said for the reputation of the Emperor, Decius. He rides with his troops to confront them in battle, becoming the first Roman emperor to die at the hands of a foreign enemy.

Guest:

Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-06-09 12:36:09

Episode CLXVII - The Gothic Invasion (Decius II) (210609-decius02.mp3)

This is the era of Roman history where the Goths from the north begin to pose a serious threat to the stability of the faltering Roman empire. When they begin to lay siege to Roman cities Decius rides to confront them, not realising the challenging battles that await him.

Guest:
Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-05-28 06:49:04

Episode CLXVI - The Edict of Sacrifice (Decius I) (210528-decius01.mp3)

During the early days of his reign, Emperor Decius issued an edict commanding that all Romans should make a sacrifice for the good of the empire. While some happily went along with it, for others it went against what they believed in, and not everyone living within the borders of Rome were happy with the Emperor's wishes.

Guest:
Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-05-14 07:02:59

Episode CLXV - Phillip (210514-phillip.mp3)

When Phillip became Emperor in 244CE, Rome was cracking at the edges. Enemies were at the border, the economy was straining, and the Emperor was an easy target for a disgruntled military. Who wants to rule Rome at this time?

Guest:
Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-05-05 08:59:03

Episode CLXIV - Gordian III (210505-gordian3.mp3)

When the dust settled on a six month civil war in 238CE, only the 13 year old Gordian III is left standing to take the purple. Once again Rome is left with a teenage emperor.

Guest:
Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-04-22 09:16:20

Episode CLXIII - Foundations of Rome (210422-foundations.mp3)

Rome dates its beginning to the 21st April 753BCE, when legend has it that it was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus. While not the only myth connected to this event, it has been the most enduring, and commemorating it became an important event in the Roman calendar.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-03-31 07:10:02

Episode CLXII - Anthology of Interest III (210331-anthology3.mp3)

Rhiannon Evans, Caillan Davenport, Gillian Shepherd and Matt Smith each share three items of Roman interest for three minutes! You will hear:

- Silius Italicus and his unbearable bunion
- Pomponius Mela and the wonders of the Nile
- Snarky soldiers at the Vindolanda fort
- Legacy hunters and the jewels of Matidia
- Unusual dedications to the gods
- Early sources for the great fire of Rome
- The effectiveness of Roman concrete
- How Rome dealt with mass burial of the poor
- Sea monsters
- Curse tablets and sporting fanatics
- Vedius Pollio throws a clumsy slave to the lamprey
- The rare instances of Romans sacrificing people

Guests:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)
Assoc. Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-03-19 10:47:44

Episode CLXI - Syrian Matriarchy (210319-syrian-matriarchy.mp3)

The Severan dynasty was founded in 193CE by Septimius Severus, but in many ways it was his wife Julia Domna and her sister Julia Maesa who would guide the family, both powerful augustae and instrumental in securing their family’s imperial position.

Part X of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:
Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of 'A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum').

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-03-11 05:03:44

Episode CLX - Faustina (210311-faustina.mp3)

As the daughter of the previous Emperor, Faustina provided her husband, Marcus Aurelius, with a solid link to the imperial throne. Besides continuity she came to embody motherhood, not just to the next Emperor, but to the empire as a whole.

Part IX of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:

Assoc. Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-02-19 05:28:12

Episode CLIX - Sabina (210219-sabina.mp3)

Sabina bought some much needed legitimacy to the rule of Hadrian. As a grand-niece of Trajan she was an important dynastic link to the previous emperor, and in death Hadrian could deify her, and be the husband to a god.

Part VIII of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:

Professor T. Corey Brennan (Classics, Rutgers University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-02-09 03:52:50

Episode CLVIII – Plotina (210209-plotina.mp3)

When Trajan came to the big city he bought his provincial wife with him. Plotina stood on the steps of Domitian’s palace and promised the people of Rome that she’d keep it real. And from what we can tell from our ancient sources, that’s exactly what she did.

Part VII of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:

Professor T. Corey Brennan (Classics, Rutgers University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-02-02 03:21:52

Episode CLVII – Domitia (210202-domitia.mp3)

Domitia was princess of the Julio-Claudians who caught the attention of a young Domitian. As Augusta she kept a low profile, and managed to survive and thrive across three imperial dynasties.

Part VI of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:

Dr Trudie Fraser (Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne).

From Emperors of Rome at 2021-01-12 01:10:03

Episode CLVI – Agrippina, Mother of Nero (210112-agrippina2.mp3)

As the wife to the Emperor and daughter of Germanicus, Agrippina had grown accustomed to being a voice of influence in Rome. When her son Nero takes the title this changes, and she struggles to have her voice heard.

Part V of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:
Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore).

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-12-13 23:46:51

Episode CLV – Agrippina, Wife of Claudius (201214-agrippina1.mp3)

In many ways Agrippina can be associated with the worst qualities of Livia – a scheming, deceiving and manipulating. But in her marriage to Claudius you can see a different side of her: an ambitious, capable Empress who made Claudius look good.

Part IV of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guest:
Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore).

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-12-09 10:32:40

Episode CLIV – Messalina (201209-messalina.mp3)

Messalina, third wife of Claudius, is likely one of the Roman Empresses with the worst reputation. The historians accuse her of adultery and prostitution, avarice and greed, and her name becomes synonymous with a woman of loose morals and licentiousness.

Part III of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guests:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-11-24 10:45:11

Episode CLIII - Livia (with Sian Phillips) (201124-livia-redux.mp3)

Livia is often known by association - the wife of Augustus and the mother of Tiberius - but she becomes a figure of power and influence in Rome in her own right.

This episode is a redux of Episode XXV (from 2016), followed by an all new interview with Sian Phillips who played Livia in The BBC’s ‘I Claudius’ in 1976.

Part II of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guests:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)
Sian Phillips (Livia in ‘I, Claudius’)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-10-29 07:17:31

Episode CLII - The Roman Empress (201029-empress.mp3)

A Roman Empress could often be one of the influential individuals in Rome. Always close to the seat of power, they have been recorded as dutiful, scheming, seductive and conniving - as interesting individuals as the Emperors themselves.

Part I of 'Empresses of Rome'

Guests:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-10-13 04:38:15

Episode CLI - Ovid's Fasti (201013-ovid-fasti.mp3)

The Fasti is a poem about the Roman calendar, written by the poet Ovid during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Writing the poem gave Ovid the chance to think about contemporary Rome through the medium of some of the best known Roman stories, like the City's foundation by Romulus and Remus, and the creation of the republic by Brutus.

This is the first episode of a miniseries now funding on kickstarter. Back it now to receive an additional six episodes.

Guests:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of School of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)
Dr Peter Davis (Visiting Research Fellow in Classics, University of Adelaide)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-10-01 09:13:29

Episode CL - Q and A VI (Live) (201001-qanda6.mp3)

For the sixth time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer!
In this episode:
- Which Roman Emperor would our guests like to interview?
- Did Romans have pets?
- How did Romans organise construction?
- How did we decided when the Roman Empire ‘ended’?
- Are the ancient sources reliable?
- Did women and men in Rome share bath houses?
- Favourite Cicero self-aggrandisement?

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of School of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Virginia Trioli (ABC Journalist and Newsreader)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-09-17 09:29:16

Episode CXLIX - Herodian (200917-herodian.mp3)

Herodian was a Roman historian living and writing during the reign of the Severan dynasty. He is a valuable record of events for some of the most turbulent days of Roman history, and while at times lacking details, he knows what he’s doing with an exciting narrative.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-09-04 09:51:14

Episode CXLVIII - The Always Unpredictable Outcome of War (200904-238ce.mp3)

During the civil war of 238CE no less than six Emperors were vying for the purple. When the dust finally settled on the child Gordian III remained in power, not because he was the best person for the job, but because he was the most convenient.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-08-21 08:17:53

Episode CXLVII - The Vagaries of Chance (200821-gordian.mp3)

Maximinus Thrax was an unorthodox Emperor, a man of lowborn status who kept to the frontlines with the military. It was only a matter of time before the Senate threw in with someone more on their level, but their choice, Gordian, would have the shortest rule of any Emperor.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-08-07 04:49:31

Episode CXLVI - The Sun is Getting Real Low (Maximinus) (200807-maximinus.mp3)

The Roman Empire was unprepared for the rule of the Emperor Maximinus. Regarded by many as a savage barbarian, he came to the purple by blood, would rule by blood, and would leave it the same way.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-07-24 10:42:23

Episode CXLV - Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (200724-teutoburg-forest.mp3)

In 9CE three Roman legions were walking through Germany when they were ambushed in what would become one of the most notorious defeats throughout Rome’s history. The loss of the legions were a crippling blow to Rome’s plans of expansion, and redrew the borders in the province.

Guest:
Barry Strauss (Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, author of Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine).

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-07-13 07:15:00

Episode CXLIV - Ulpian (200713-ulpian.mp3)

Ulpian was a Roman jurist, who became quite influential during the rule of the Severan Dynasty. He was considered one of the great legal authorities of his time, and his writings and thoughts formed the basis of the Western Roman Empire.

Guest:
Dr Zachary Herz (Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Colorado Boulder)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-06-23 10:17:05

Episode CXLIII - Damnatio Memoriae (200623-damnatio-memoriae.mp3)

If an emperor has been disappointing, cruel, tyrannical, or just related to the wrong person he is at risk of being damned, erased, have his likenesses destroyed and his name stricken from the records. The process of danmatio memoraie was intended to be a permanent judgement, and the final vengeance of an angry Rome.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-06-04 09:00:28

Episode CXLII - Deification (200604-deification.mp3)

When an emperor passed away it gave the Roman empire a chance to reflect on his reign. If he wasn’t terrible and the circumstances allowed it, he would be deified and worshiped as a god throughout the empire.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-05-23 04:49:58

Podcast Announcement - Raising Standards (200523-raising-notice.mp3)

Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith have started Raising Standards, An occasional rewatch podcast of HBO’s Rome. Available now from all good podcatching services.

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-05-06 04:43:24

Episode CXLI - Translating Suetonius (200506-translating-suetonius.mp3)

The last Penguin edition of The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius was translated by Robert Graves in 1957. Historian Tom Holland is now working on a new translation, and took time away from the manuscript to talk to me about his process.

Guest:
Tom Holland (author of Rubicon, Dynasty, and an upcoming translation of Suetonius' 'The Twelve Caesars')

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-04-22 06:36:43

Episode CXL - A Ridiculous Waste of Time (Severus Alexander IV) (200422-alexander04.mp3)

Severus Alexander comes from a strong military dynasty with a string of victories against Rome’s enemies, and it’s fair to say the Roman army was less than impressed with his performance against Sassanian and Germanic tribes. The empire needs a leader! Should they turn to a fighter, or to a weakling and his mother?

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-04-08 05:51:40

Episode CXXXIX - A Fish in a Net (Severus Alexander III) (200408-alexander03.mp3)

When Severus Alexander leads the Roman armies east, he meets Artaxerxes and the Sasanians in battle but his tactics are unprepared. Artaxerxes attacked unexpectedly with his entire force and trapped the Romans like fish in a net; firing their arrows from all sides at the encircled soldiers, the Persians massacred the whole army.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-03-24 12:38:08

Episode CXXXVIII - Rise of the Sasanian Empire (Severus Alexander II) (200324-alexander02.mp3)

Severus Alexander was an emperor who spent much of his reign at war, but he was ill-suited to it and would likely have preferred to be elsewhere. His main enemy was the Sasanians, an empire that rose out of the ashes of the Parthians, and would be a leading regional power for the next 400 years.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-03-12 02:19:32

Episode CXXXVII - Mother Knows Best (Severus Alexander I) (200312-alexander01.mp3)

Severus Alexander was a young boy when he came to power in Rome in 222CE, in the wake of the death of his unpopular cousin, Elagabalus. He would reign for 13 years but struggle to assert authority, bringing the once proud Severan dynasty to a chaotic ending.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-02-26 02:50:43

Episode CXXXVI - Spartacus (1960) (200226-spatacus.mp3)

Spartacus is an epic historical film based on the life of a Roman gladiator who led a slave rebellion against Rome in the 1st C BCE. In this episode we’ll take a fond look at this cinematic classic, in memory of its leading man, Kirk Douglas.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-02-11 03:49:39

Episode CXXXV - Lupercalia (200211-lupercalia.mp3)

Lupercalia was a Roman festival which took place in the middle of February, and had the effects of purifying and cleansing the city. Participants would take part in a blood sacrifice, strip off their togas, and run naked through the streets of Rome.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-01-29 05:50:31

Episode CXXXIV - Roman Health and Medicine (200129-health-medicine.mp3)

The Romans had some strange ideas when it came to medical practice, but you have to give them some leeway, and a lot has changed in 2000 years. Some of the thoughts and techniques showed forward thinking, but you might have to ignore the cabbages.

Guest:
Dr Leanne McNamara (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2020-01-13 23:15:00

Episode CXXXIII - Anthology of Interest II (200114-anthology02.mp3)

Rhiannon Evans, Caillan Davenport and Matt Smith each share three Roman topics of interest for three minutes! You will hear:
- Scaurus and the marble columns
- The 206 fragments of the Portland Vase
- The paranoia of Emperor Claudius
- The Roman perception of Ireland (featuring exploding sheep)
- The vanity of the Alexander the Sophist
- An early example of chemical warfare
- Living it rough with Seneca
- Goldflake and Innocence
- The nazi fascination with Tacitus' Germania

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-12-18 23:15:29

Episode CXXXII - Q and A V (191219-qandav.mp3)

For the fifth time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer!
In this episode:
- How the orders of Roman society worked
- The materials Romans used in clothing
- How Romans marked years by Consul
- Augustus adopting his wife, Livia
- The truth about the Cantabrian warrior Cococotta
- How to actually pronounce ‘Pompey’
- Is the Roman salute accurate?
- How much of Latin is Greek?
- How did the Romans say their own numbers?
- How did the relationship change between Patricians and Plebs?
- Which Roman figure do we wish we knew more about?

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-11-27 06:13:12

Episode CXXXI - Champions of the People (Gracchi IV) (191127-gracchi04.mp3)

Gaius Gracchus - awe-inspiring and passionate to exaggeration, a demagogue pure and simple, seemingly shunned the family business, at least to begin with. But however much you may try to defer your fate, sometimes decisions are made for you.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-11-06 07:19:36

Episode CXXX - Unpopular Reforms (Gracchi III) (191106-gracchi03.mp3)

Tiberius Gracchus had introduced property laws that, while unpopular with the ruling elite, went down well with the people of Rome. You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. But that’s just politics, isn’t it? Nothing to lose your head over.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-10-22 06:25:49

Episode CXXIX - Tiberius Gracchus and the Landless Masses (Gracchi II) (191022-gracchi02.mp3)

Any system of government that has been around for long enough is going to develop its problems, and that is definitely the case with the Roman republic. There was inequality between the ruling class and the common people, and if young Tiberius Gracchus decides to take up the cause, what’s the worst that could happen?

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-10-08 07:24:27

Episode CXXVIII - Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi (Gracchi I) (191008-gracchi01.mp3)

What we do know about Cornelia is mostly through the lens of her famous sons, but to the Romans she was much more than that. She was put on a pedestal, in bronze, no less, as the ideal mother for Romans to aspire to, and may have been quite influential in politics at the time.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-09-25 06:45:10

Episode CXXVII - Augustus: The Making of an Emperor (Live in Melbourne) (190925-augustus-live.mp3)

Octavian was barely an adult when he arrived in Rome in 44BCE. Two months had passed since his adopted father, Julius Caesar, was murdered by members of the senate who resented his control as dictator. Octavian stood to inherit Caesar’s fortunes, but few could have imagined that he would inherit Caesar’s power.

He would become emperor in 27BCE, reigning as the Augustus and transforming the republic of Rome into an autocratic principate. Under his leadership of forty years Rome would grow in territory, reputation, economy and culture, and change from a city of sun-dried bricks and leave it clothed in marble. How did the young Octavian transform himself into Rome's first emperor?

Sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University. Held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 23 September, 2019.

Guest:
Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-09-11 10:38:36

Episode CXXVI - Vestal Virgins (190911-vestal-virgins.mp3)

The Vestals were an order of priestesses who were sacred to Rome, and were respected and referred as symbols of a safe and stable empire. They had the all-important duty of maintaining the sacred flame, and if it were extinguished, it would be a sign of impending disaster.

Guest:
Dr Peta Greenfield (Public Historian, co-host of 'The Partial Historians' podcast)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-08-28 07:36:27

Episode CXXV - Call Me Not a Lord, for I Am a Lady (Elagabalus III) (190828-elagabalus03.mp3)

Elagabalus has long been remembered as deviant and sexually depraved. His behaviour was shocking for a Roman citizen, let alone the leader of the empire, and Rome was relieved to see the end of him.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-08-12 06:45:55

Episode CXXIV – The Lowest Depths of Foulness (Elagabalus II) (190812-elagabalus02.mp3)

When Elagabalus finally reached Rome, the city seemed to hold its breath. The young Emperor embraced both the roles of ruler and high priest of a foreign religion, and there were many that questioned where his priorities lie.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-08-01 02:42:02

Episode CXXIII - Here Comes the Sun (Elagabalus I) (190801-elagabalus01.mp3)

Macrinus has made a treaty with the Parthians and at long last, the two mighty empires are at peace. It likely won’t last, but at this point it matters little: now he can finally get down to the business of ruling the empire.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-07-09 08:33:51

Episode CXXII - Purple by Merit (190709-macrinus.mp3)

With the murder of Caracalla one of the most unlikely men steps into power. Macrinus is unassuming, of the wrong position, and the wrong class. He’d argue he’s the best man for the job, but very few in Rome would agree with him.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-06-25 04:00:52

Episode CXXI - Assassination (190625-assassination.mp3)

Assassination was a regular occurrence in the right Roman circles, and the gossip around the senate floor must have frequently turned to who's knifing who. An emperor would need to keep the senate, the army, and the people on side, or risk a well-placed dagger.

Guest:
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-06-12 08:04:59

Episode CXX - Adultery (190612-adultery.mp3)

By modern standards the Romans had some fairly unusual ideas, which could be putting it mildly when it comes to the subject of adultery. For the most part the Romans were lack lax in repercussions, unless of course you were embarrassing a man of high status.

Guest:
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-05-29 13:16:07

Episode CXIX - Fragments of Early Roman Literature (190529-fragments-literature.mp3)

While we are lucky that much Roman literature from the late republic and the imperial period comes down to us complete or almost complete, most of the historical and poetic works from the mid-republic have been lost and only survive in fragments.

Guest:
Dr Hannah Čulík-Baird (Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, Boston University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-04-30 05:30:27

Episode CXVIII - The Roman Calendar (190430-calendar.mp3)

The Roman calendar was important to the civic management of Rome - it told when to plant and harvest crops, when to celebrate festivals and when to go to war. The calendar designed by the Romans is used today, more or less unchanged for 2000 years - including paying homage to both Julius Caesar and Augustus.

Guest:
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-04-16 07:21:52

Episode CXVII – Disgraced Human Nature (Caracalla V) (190416-caracalla05.mp3)

The historian Edward Gibbon perhaps summed up Caracalla quite succinctly, when he used this phrase to describe his demise while answering a call of nature on the side of the road: "Such was the end of a monster whose life disgraced human nature, and whose reign accused the patience of the Romans."

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-04-01 07:10:47

Episode CXVI - Red Wedding (Caracalla IV) (190401-caracalla04.mp3)

The Roman Empire had engaged in Parthian wars for generations, stretching back, off and on, to the days of Pompey the Great.

Caracalla makes his foray into this arena, but as always, he’s going to do things a little differently. He shall have a wedding. Or a hanging. Either way he’s going to have a lot of fun.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-03-18 05:35:07

Episode CXV - Ausonian Beast (Caracalla III) (190318-caracalla03.mp3)

After unleashing his unique brand of rule on the people of Rome, Caracalla becomes the problem of the provinces. After 212 he’ll spend the rest of his reign either at war or on tour, making the beast of Italy a problem for all Romans to deal with.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-03-05 03:40:58

Episode CXIV - Mutilating Rome (Caracalla II) (190305-caracalla02.mp3)

Now that Caracalla is the sole emperor of the Roman empire he’s able to act as he wishes. While he does little to please anyone outside the military, it’s his economic and social reforms that will affect the empire for years to come.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-02-19 01:38:25

Episode CXIII - Fratricidal Discord (Caracalla I) (190219-caracalla01.mp3)

The death of Septimius Severus left a strong line of succession with two sons ready to take control of the empire. There was no love lost between Caracalla and Geta, and it would be the Roman empire that bore the scars of their relationship.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-02-04 23:28:10

Episode CXII - The Book of Love (190205-book-love.mp3)

The Roman poet Ovid penned The Book of Love in three volumes as a manual for how to deal with the art of love and seduction during the slightly austere days of the reign of Augustus.

This isn't exactly 'Men are From the Temple of Mars, Women are From the Temple of Venus', but happy Lupercalia everyone!

Guest:
Assoc Professor Peter Davis (Visiting Research Fellow, Classics, University of Adelaide)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-01-22 07:28:28

Episode CXI - The Equestrian Order (190122-equestrian.mp3)

The equites belonged to a class of Roman citizen dating back to the kingdom of Rome. Ranked below the senatorial class, they grew in power and influence, occupying key positions in the government and military.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2019-01-08 01:55:10

Episode CX - Anthology of Interest (190108-anthology01.mp3)

The ultimate triumvirate! Three people present three Roman history topics each for three minutes. In this episode you will hear:
- The unfortunate demise of Cinna the poet
- Cicero's reluctance to send panthers to those in need
- The sensitive subject of baldness
- PTSD bought on by the Carthaginian War
- Women donning a toga
- Claudius' edicts and defending 'stupidity'
- The last of the Ptolemys
- The hazard of regifting the world's largest apple

Guests:
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-12-17 03:02:11

Episode CIX - Saturnalia (181217-saturnalia.mp3)

Saturnalia was the biggest festival on the Roman calendar - that special time in December when you gathered all your loved ones close, made a sacrifice to Saturn, and celebrated the festive season.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-11-28 00:59:20

Episode CVIII - A Lesson in Latin II (181128-latin02.mp3)

The power and prevalence of Latin - how did it develop, how has it influenced language, and where can we still come across it today?

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-11-12 03:01:05

Episode CVII - The Legacy of Spartacus (181112-spartacus03.mp3)

Spartacus amassed an army and had some victories against the Romans. While he was ultimately unsuccessful, the story of his rebellion against oppressors would grow, and find a sympathetic audience in the modern time.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-10-29 22:30:31

Episode CVI - The Third Servile War (181030-spartacus02.mp3)

When Spartacus escaped the gladiator training school he may not have realised what he had started. What began as a simple bid for freedom soon became a cause for slaves around Italy, and he attracted thousands of followers.

The Romans were forced to pay attention to this enemy from within, despite the fact that there was little glory to be found fighting an army of slaves.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-10-16 06:10:50

Episode CV - Spartacus the Gladiator (181016-spartacus01.mp3)

The Roman empire was made mighty through the hard work of slaves, but occasionally they escaped, banded together and fought back.

The last and greatest slave rebellion was lead by Spartacus, a man who has come to symbolise the oppressed and resistance against tyranny. We begin the story of his life by looking at his time as a gladiator.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-10-02 00:34:54

Episode CIV - Slavery (181002-slavery.mp3)

Slaves were an integral part of the Roman society, responsible for much of the domestic duties and manual labour for any self respecting and vaguely wealthy Roman citizen.

Life as a slave was harsh – you were treated as property, the best you could hope for was freedom, and at worst being worked to death. But it’s unlikely Rome would be a city clothed in marble without slaves to exploit.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-09-18 07:45:57

Episode CIII - Old Age in the Roman World (180918-old-age.mp3)

Classical authors such as Cicero and Plutarch would have us believe that the elderly were revered, active citizens of ancient Rome. But on closer inspection that may not be the case, and older people mightn’t have the power and respect in society that we first supposed.

Guest: Professor Tim Parkin (Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair of Classics, University of Melbourne)

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-09-04 05:20:40

Episode CII - Clodia (180904-clodia.mp3)

The women of Rome are largely missing from the written records, and often come up only tangently in works by and or about the men in their lives. They’re often painted as villains, temptresses, and poisoners – Clodia is no exception.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-08-21 04:38:57

Episode CI - The Last Will and Testament of Caesar (180821-caesar-will.mp3)

A silence settled over the Theatre of Pompey, and Rome moved quickly. Will Brutus and Cassius be hailed as liberators and restorers of the Roman republic, or will Rome lament the demise of its leader? Much of it comes down to the actions of Antony, and the legacy left in the will of Caesar.

‘Caesar’s Gallic War’ podcast is now crowdfunding on kickstarter.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-08-06 06:54:19

Episode C - The Death of Caesar (Live in Melbourne) (180806-death-caesar.mp3)

Julius Caesar was popular with the people, but that didn't extend as far as the senate. Wary of the risk of a new monarchy and eager to restore the proud Roman republic, Brutus, Cassius and Decimus decide to do away with their dictator.

Recorded live at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, on 8th August 2018.

‘Caesar’s Gallic War’ podcast is now crowdfunding on kickstarter.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

From Emperors of Rome at 2018-07-25 06:55:16

Episode XCIX - Q and A IV (180725-qanda4.mp3)

For the fourth time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer!
In this episode:
- Was Livia the scheming sociopath that Robert Graves portrayed?
- What is the difference between Caesar and Augustus? Are the titles the same?
- What did the Romans write their manuscripts on?
- How did the Romans picture the shape of their empire?
- Could a senator quit the senate?
- What were the limitations of Roman naming conventions?
- Would Donald Trump make a good Roman Emperor?
- What happened between Caesar and Titus Labienus?
- What are some of the lesser known Roman gods?
- Did Caesar actually say 'I came, I saw, I conquered'?

‘Caesar’s Gallic War’ podcast is now crowdfunding on kickstarter.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)