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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

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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.

    Episode CLXIV - Gordian III

    Episode CLXIV - Gordian III

    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)

    • 32 min
    Episode CLXIII - Foundations of Rome

    Episode CLXIII - Foundations of Rome

    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)

    • 32 min
    Episode CLXII - Anthology of Interest III

    Episode CLXII - Anthology of Interest III

    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)

    Recorded in front of a live zoom audience on 24th April, 2021.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode CLXI - Syrian Matriarchy

    Episode CLXI - Syrian Matriarchy

    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').

    • 35 min
    Episode CLX - Faustina

    Episode CLX - Faustina

    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)

    • 40 min
    Episode CLIX - Sabina

    Episode CLIX - Sabina

    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).

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
360 Ratings

360 Ratings

bitlifeuser ,

The best podcast

Don’t know how to describe it, but the “quad” tone that plays at the start of each episode never fails to put me in a good mood. Currently studying Classical Arch, and frequently use episodes as research starting points. Also good for casual enjoyment. If I were a Roman emperor, you’d be deified, Divus NightLightGaius 😂.

GoStasiaGo ,

More Herz please

Just listened to your episode with Zachary Herz and I loved listening to him read the quotations in Latin before explaining in English - great guest, I hope you have him back!

Amalfi2002 ,

Bonjour from Montréal

I much enjoy the hair splitting from you guys😊. Beautiful and intelligent. Merci beaucoup.😉

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