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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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    • 4.9, 1K 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 CXLVI - The Sun is Getting Real Low (Maximinus)

    Episode CXLVI - The Sun is Getting Real Low (Maximinus)

    The Roman Empire was unprepared for the rule of the Emperor Maximinus. Regarded by many as a savage barbarian, he came to the purple by blood, would rule by blood, and would leave it the same way.

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

    • 43 min
    Episode CXLV - Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

    Episode CXLV - Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

    In 9CE three Roman legions were walking through Germany when they were ambushed in what would become one of the most notorious defeats throughout Rome’s history. The loss of the legions were a crippling blow to Rome’s plans of expansion, and redrew the borders in the province.

    Guest:
    Barry Strauss (Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, author of Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine).

    • 34 min
    Episode CXLIV - Ulpian

    Episode CXLIV - Ulpian

    Ulpian was a Roman jurist, who became quite influential during the rule of the Severan Dynasty. He was considered one of the great legal authorities of his time, and his writings and thoughts formed the basis of the Western Roman Empire.

    Guest:
    Dr Zachary Herz (Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Colorado Boulder)

    • 36 min
    Episode CXLIII - Damnatio Memoriae

    Episode CXLIII - Damnatio Memoriae

    If an emperor has been disappointing, cruel, tyrannical, or just related to the wrong person he is at risk of being damned, erased, have his likenesses destroyed and his name stricken from the records. The process of danmatio memoraie was intended to be a permanent judgement, and the final vengeance of an angry Rome.

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

    • 42 min
    Episode CXLII - Deification

    Episode CXLII - Deification

    When an emperor passed away it gave the Roman empire a chance to reflect on his reign. If he wasn’t terrible and the circumstances allowed it, he would be deified and worshiped as a god throughout the empire.

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

    • 32 min
    1.01: The Stolen Eagle

    1.01: The Stolen Eagle

    Will Vorenus and Pullo recover Caesar's stolen standard? Will anyone explain why Octavian needs to go to Gaul? Find out in the inaugural episode of Raising Standards, a true rewatch podcast of HBO's Rome for true Romans!

    Raising Standards, an occasional rewatch podcast of HBO's Rome, hosted by Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith of the Emperors of Rome podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Terry Turdle ,

Grateful

Absolutely fascinated by this time period, but must relearn details. This podcast is easy to follow as the host makes the content interesting and easy to connect. Love his guests.

Mbb987 ,

Fascinating podcast

I started listening to this podcast about a year ago after The History Chicks recommended it on their episode about Agrippina the Younger. I love the conversational/story telling style and the relatively short episodes. The hosts are both deeply knowledgeable and great fun!

Commodiana ,

You are fantastic!

By far my favorite podcast. I can’t wait to hear the podcasts on the Baracks Emperors and the Tetrarchy. Also, please do one on Lucius Pedanius Secundus and the killing of the innocent slaves under Nero (and the debate that surrounded it).

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