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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 CCXXVI - The Reputation of Catiline (The Catiline Conspiracy VII)

    Episode CCXXVI - The Reputation of Catiline (The Catiline Conspiracy VII)

    Catiline’s name is often used as a byword for villainy, and over the years has been told and retold by different authors with different agendas. To some he is a villain, a traitor to the state. To others he’s a hero, standing up for the little guy.

    Part VII of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 39 min
    Episode CCXXV - The Exile of Cicero (The Catiline Conspiracy VI)

    Episode CCXXV - The Exile of Cicero (The Catiline Conspiracy VI)

    Cicero may have won the battle against Catiline but he wouldn’t win the war. With too many enemies in the senate he makes a tactical retreat, leaving his beloved Rome for the safety of the coast of Greece.

    Part VI of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 36 min
    Episode CCXXIV - Indomitable Spirit (The Catiline Conspiracy V)

    Episode CCXXIV - Indomitable Spirit (The Catiline Conspiracy V)

    Catiline and Cicero now wage very different wars. Cicero on the floor of the senate, arguing for the protection of the legacy of Rome. Catiline on the battlefield, fighting with a bravery that would make any hero proud.

    Part V of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 35 min
    Episode CCXXIII - The Championship of the Oppressed (The Catiline Conspiracy IV)

    Episode CCXXIII - The Championship of the Oppressed (The Catiline Conspiracy IV)

    Catiline and Cicero draw their lines of battle in the senate, with Catiline claiming to represent the will of the wretched and destitute. But his attacks on Cicero, directly or indirectly, earn him many enemies, and he is forced to flee the city of Rome.

    Part IV of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 36 min
    Episode CCXXII - A Stolen Election (The Catiline Conspiracy III)

    Episode CCXXII - A Stolen Election (The Catiline Conspiracy III)

    Catiline attempted to become consul of Rome more than once, and its a position he believes he deserves. When he fails in his efforts and Cicero is elected he attempts to force the issue, conspiring with all those who have a grudge against the state.

    Part III of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 34 min
    Episode CCXXI - An Entire Farrago (The Catiline Conspiracy II)

    Episode CCXXI - An Entire Farrago (The Catiline Conspiracy II)

    Catiline doesn’t have the best reputation in Rome, and in the years after his failed conspiracy he has been implicated in every failed plot of that time. Was he involved in them? Possibly.

    Part II of The Catiline Conspiracy

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

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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LaFragua ,

CONGRATULATIONS 🎉 10 years of excellence

March 28, 2014 is the date of your first episode. So, CONGRATULATIONS on my most favorite podcast! 10 amazing years!

MGP Terps ,

Still Excellent

Well done always. Informative. Great production.A university education in classic history and the Roman emperorships

CelticRuss ,

Great content beyond mainstream Roman history.

As someone who has been a Roman history hobbyist for over three decades, this is a great podcast to move beyond the better known “greatest hits” of Rome (first century) and get into more “deep tracks” beyond the best known material. Exploring the fast paced action of the third and fourth centuries during the famed “fall” is full of fascinating facts and stories that lead to an ever increased understanding of what came next. Thank you for the great work.

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