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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
    • 4.8, 340 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.

    Episode CXLIII - Damnatio Memoriae

    Episode CXLIII - Damnatio Memoriae

    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)

    • 42 min
    Episode CXLII - Deification

    Episode CXLII - Deification

    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)

    • 32 min
    1.01: The Stolen Eagle

    1.01: The Stolen Eagle

    Will Vorenus and Pullo recover Caesar's stolen standard? Will anyone explain why Octavian needs to go to Gaul? Find out in the inaugural episode of Raising Standards, a true rewatch podcast of HBO's Rome for true Romans!

    Raising Standards, an occasional rewatch podcast of HBO's Rome, hosted by Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith of the Emperors of Rome podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Podcast Announcement - Raising Standards

    Podcast Announcement - Raising Standards

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

    • 55 sec
    Episode CXLI - Translating Suetonius

    Episode CXLI - Translating Suetonius

    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')

    • 16 min
    Episode CXL - A Ridiculous Waste of Time (Severus Alexander IV)

    Episode CXL - A Ridiculous Waste of Time (Severus Alexander IV)

    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)

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 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 😂.

Amalfi2002 ,

Bonjour from Montréal

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

Scoopable58 ,

Great listen

I have been listening to Emperors of Rome for a couple years. This is my first time reviewing. I really enjoy learning details of these emperors and their contemporaries and hearing the quotes from the original sources. Brings then to life. Rhiannon and Matt are easy to listen to and supply background so you don’t feel like a novice even though you are listening to experts.

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