214 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

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    • 4.8 • 1.3K 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 CCI - Actium

    Episode CCI - Actium

    In 31 BCE one of the largest naval battles in the ancient world took place—more than 600 ships, almost 200,000 men, and one woman. The forces of Octavian, Antony and Cleopatra would square off for control of the mediterranean, and ultimately the Roman empire.

    Guest: Barry Strauss (Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, author of The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium).

    • 35 min
    Episode CC - Cleopatra and Antony (Live in Melbourne)

    Episode CC - Cleopatra and Antony (Live in Melbourne)

    When Cleopatra and Antony stood side by side they were at the pinnacle of power. Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator was the queen of an ancient civilisation, and heir to the unmatched cultural achievements of Greece. Marcus Antonius of Rome contended for control of the empire.

    Together they fought against Octavian and would bring about the end of the republic, and the start of a new age for Rome.

    Recorded live at ACMI studios in Melbourne on 4th October, 2022.

    Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode CXCIX - Sextus Pompeius

    Episode CXCIX - Sextus Pompeius

    Sextus Pompeius was the youngest son of Pompey the Great, and was responsible for leading the last great resistance of the Roman republic against Octavian and Mark Antony. While he made the most of his late father’s reputation, Sextus was a leader in his own right, and to many a forgotten aspect of this period of Roman history.

    Guest: Dr Kathryn Welch (Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney).

    • 47 min
    Episode CXCVIII - Octavia

    Episode CXCVIII - Octavia

    Octavia was, in many ways, the very model of a modern Roman matron. As the older sister to Octavian, later Augustus, and a wife of the powerful figure Antony, she was respected and admired by her contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity, as well as for maintaining traditional Roman feminine virtues.

    Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

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Absolutely fantastic

You get the impression that Dr. Evans is the real Ancient Rome savant of the duo, but Matt Smith is no slouch either and has great energy and humor. This is an addictive podcast that is neither too dense nor dumbed down.

Janetellenirwin ,

Emperors of Rome

Just discovered this gem. Dr. Evans is an engaging speaker/teacher. Great interplay between host and guests. podcasts as excellent as this enrich my life.

BruinBlood ,

Emporers of Rome

This is the Best Podcacst I have listened to, Very informative, Very Interesting and Very Funny as well. I actually have gone through the early podcasts twice because it really helps, Have you guys seen the TV Series called DOMINA, here in the States it is on Epix, this is a fantastic show about Livia Drusilla, it has just been renewed for a Second Season. Do you have any plans to review this, I have listened to your shows on her, I believe she is brought up in 2 of them, I would LOVE to get more on this very Powerful and Influential Empress of Rome. Thank-You and see you on your Next Podcast

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