210 episodes

“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 • 225 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 CXCVII - The Perusine War

    Episode CXCVII - The Perusine War

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode CXCVI - Fulvia

    Episode CXCVI - Fulvia

    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).

    • 39 min
    Episode CXCV - Q and A VIII

    Episode CXCV - Q and A VIII

    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).

    • 41 min
    Episode CXCIV - Sea Monsters in Roman Mythology

    Episode CXCIV - Sea Monsters in Roman Mythology

    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)

    • 31 min
    Episode CXCIII - The Humiliation of Caesar (Valerian III)

    Episode CXCIII - The Humiliation of Caesar (Valerian III)

    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).

    • 23 min
    Episode CXCII - The Persecution of Christians (Valerian II)

    Episode CXCII - The Persecution of Christians (Valerian II)

    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).

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
225 Ratings

225 Ratings

FPW111111 ,

Excellent

Very pleased to have found this podcast on one of my favourite periods.

Scrutineer ,

Lend this your ears!

Good content, covered in depth. The presenters manage to be relaxed and engaging, but stay focused. They deliver the material very well. You will learn a lot and enjoy the journey!

tyrannusmax ,

A thoroughly admirable auditory adventure

To misquote a misquote wrong attributed to Cicero, ‘the times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is doing a podcast!’ Luckily amidst the wine dark sea of mediocrity and misinformation there is a shimmering island of historical verve and vigour. Emperors of Rome has been my stalwart companion on many a weekday commute, like a digital Cicero to my Atticus, it enlightens and informs all the while offering humour and a genuine love of history and the people who populate it. One would be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable historical podcast. Perhaps its sister podcast When in Rome, but that is a story for another review. If you haven’t listened, give it a try. No matter if your start from the beginning or pick and choose episodes like Vitellius at a banquet, you will be hopelessly hooked. Most highly recommend. Ave et Vale!

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