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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.

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 CXCIV - Sea Monsters in Roman Mythology

    Episode CXCIV - Sea Monsters in Roman Mythology

    Rome has always been a sea-faring power, relying on the Mediterranean for food and trade. But what lies beneath the waves can chill the hearts of mortal men, and tales of aquatic horrors were common in antiquity.

    Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

    • 31 min
    Episode CXCIII - The Humiliation of Caesar (Valerian III)

    Episode CXCIII - The Humiliation of Caesar (Valerian III)

    With enemies to confront in every direction, Valerian heads back to the east where Shapur and the Parthians are once again threatening the borders of the Roman empire. While Valerian anticipates a victory, what is to come is the greatest defeat of a Roman emperor.

    Episode III of ‘Valerian’.

    Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

    • 23 min
    Episode CXCII - The Persecution of Christians (Valerian II)

    Episode CXCII - The Persecution of Christians (Valerian II)

    Religious persecution wasn’t a new thing for Rome, but under the rule of Valerian they intensified. Christians were now the specified target, but the executions and confiscation of property did little to help the stability of the empire.

    Episode II of ‘Valerian’.

    Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

    • 29 min
    Episode CXCI - Empire Under Siege (Valerian)

    Episode CXCI - Empire Under Siege (Valerian)

    When Valerian became emperor in 253CE Rome was fighting on all fronts. With Shapur and the Syrians taking territory in the east, and Germanic tribes to the west and the north, the empire was going to get messy for Valerian and his newly established dynasty.

    Episode I of ‘Valerian’.

    Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

    • 46 min
    Episode CXC - I, Augustus (with Brian Blessed)

    Episode CXC - I, Augustus (with Brian Blessed)

    Brian Blessed is a treasured British actor who for our purposes will fondly be remembered for his iconic role as Emperor Augustus in the 1976 BBC television series I, Claudius. Brian dominated the screen with his performance and we were very lucky to get the chance to speak to him.

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

    • 28 min
    Episode CLXXXIX - Nero and the Great Fire of Rome (Live in Canberra)

    Episode CLXXXIX - Nero and the Great Fire of Rome (Live in Canberra)

    On the night of 18 July, 64 CE, a fire broke out in the Circus Maximus at Rome. It raged for nine days, destroying or damaging ten of the city’s fourteen regions.

    Was the fire just a terrible accident? Or was it deliberately lit, either by dissident Christians or by the emperor Nero, who allegedly sang while Rome burned?

    Recorded on 12th April 2022, in front of a live audience at the Australian National University.

    Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

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

shipwreckblues ,

Addicted

I just discovered this pod and I could listen to it forever and ever. I hope it never ends haha🤩

MusashiG ,

Simply the best!!!

I learn something new each episode.

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