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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.

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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 CXXXIII - Anthology of Interest II

    Episode CXXXIII - Anthology of Interest II

    Three people present three Roman history topics each for three minutes. In this episode 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

    Guests:
    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)

    • 34 min
    Episode CXXXII - Q and A V

    Episode CXXXII - Q and A V

    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)

    • 27 min
    Episode CXXXI - Champions of the People (Gracchi IV)

    Episode CXXXI - Champions of the People (Gracchi IV)

    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)

    • 49 min
    Episode CXXX - Unpopular Reforms (Gracchi III)

    Episode CXXX - Unpopular Reforms (Gracchi III)

    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)

    • 36 min
    Episode CXXIX - Tiberius Gracchus and the Landless Masses (Gracchi II)

    Episode CXXIX - Tiberius Gracchus and the Landless Masses (Gracchi II)

    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)

    • 28 min
    Episode CXXVIII - Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi (Gracchi I)

    Episode CXXVIII - Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi (Gracchi I)

    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)

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Excellent and informative

This podcast series is very well done. The hosts make a great team when presenting the material, and each episode is executed brilliantly.

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A fabulous series, thank you for making it!

I’ve listened to the entire series at least three times. Each episode is concise and clear. Roman history has been pretty opaque to me and this really helped open the door. For anyone who enjoys history and literature this is a great podcast to get your Roman history well in hand so you can do more detailed reading in your own.

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