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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.

Emperors of Rome La Trobe University

    • History
    • 4.7 • 743 Ratings

“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.

    Epsiode CLXXVII – Witches in the Roman World

    Epsiode CLXXVII – Witches in the Roman World

    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)

    • 30 min
    Episode CLXXVI – The Apology of Apuleius

    Episode CLXXVI – The Apology of Apuleius

    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)

    • 41 min
    Episode CLXXV - The Murder of Pedanius Secundus

    Episode CLXXV - The Murder of Pedanius Secundus

    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)

    • 48 min
    Episode CLXXIV - Boudicca

    Episode CLXXIV - Boudicca

    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)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode CLXXIII - Arminius

    Episode CLXXIII - Arminius

    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’).

    • 37 min
    Episode CLXXII - Vercingetorix

    Episode CLXXII - Vercingetorix

    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)

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
743 Ratings

743 Ratings

Ozcos ,

Worth the binge

I fell into the wonderful world of Emperors of Rome and have just binged 130 episodes. I’ve ignored the alerts from my other podcasts as I’m seriously addicted.
Have really enjoyed the history lesson & the banter.
Thank you!

ngaereb ,

Binge worthy

After discovering this a few weeks ago, I have just binged on 157 episodes straight and am hoping Matt, Rhiannon and Caillan can keep up with my addiction. It’s everything great in a history podcast, and everything great that represents La Trobe U.

Blubberlubber ,

Charming and entertaining

Honestly a terrific podcast, charming hosts and easy to listen to.

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