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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 CLXIX - Gallus

    Episode CLXIX - Gallus

    When Decius died during a battle with the Goths, the Roman army took it upon themselves to appoint his successor - his remaining general Trebonianus Gallus. Gallus was praised for not beginning a civil war - unusual for the time - but would be unable to lead the empire through the turmoil.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 31 min
    Episode CLXVIII - The Battle of Abritus (Decius III)

    Episode CLXVIII - The Battle of Abritus (Decius III)

    The Goths are leaving Roman territory, and while they successfully sacked some cities there has been no lasting damage to the provinces - but the same can’t be said for the reputation of the Emperor, Decius. He rides with his troops to confront them in battle, becoming the first Roman emperor to die at the hands of a foreign enemy.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 24 min
    Episode CLXVII - The Gothic Invasion (Decius II)

    Episode CLXVII - The Gothic Invasion (Decius II)

    This is the era of Roman history where the Goths from the north begin to pose a serious threat to the stability of the faltering Roman empire. When they begin to lay siege to Roman cities Decius rides to confront them, not realising the challenging battles that await him.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 28 min
    Episode CLXVI - The Edict of Sacrifice (Decius I)

    Episode CLXVI - The Edict of Sacrifice (Decius I)

    During the early days of his reign, Emperor Decius issued an edict commanding that all Romans should make a sacrifice for the good of the empire. While some happily went along with it, for others it went against what they believed in, and not everyone living within the borders of Rome were happy with the Emperor's wishes.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 36 min
    Episode CLXV - Phillip

    Episode CLXV - Phillip

    When Phillip became Emperor in 244CE, Rome was cracking at the edges. Enemies were at the border, the economy was straining, and the Emperor was an easy target for a disgruntled military. Who wants to rule Rome at this time?

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 39 min
    Episode CLXIV - Gordian III

    Episode CLXIV - Gordian III

    When the dust settled on a six month civil war in 238CE, only the 13 year old Gordian III is left standing to take the purple. Once again Rome is left with a teenage emperor.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

    • 32 min

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Pnmurphy ,

Addicted

This podcast is addictive! I would love to be in Dr Rhiannon’s classes! Matt adds so much to the podcast. I really enjoy listening to these conversations!

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Fascinating Podcast !

I was too cool for school and didn’t pay much attention in history class. I recently found this podcast wanting to learn about the history of the Roman Empires and have very much enjoyed it. Matt does a great job and Dr Rhiannon Evans in-depth knowledge is impressive and need I say sexy… ;) Thanks for putting this together. Love the series.

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Quick studies of Roman emperors

Vignettes of the emperors and other notable figures of the Roman Empire. Although each episode runs about 15-20 minutes the hosts do manage cite sources and offer criticism and problems with accepting the sources at face value..

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