A regular podcast series about place and space in the ancient Roman Empire.
“I found Rome built of sun-dried bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.” - Augustus.
Augusta Emerita was a Roman colony on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, established by the Emperor Augustus in the wake of campaigns to pacify the region. Now known by the modern name of Merida, it boasts some impressive ruins, including one of the best known Roman theatres still in use today.
Guest: Dr Daniel Osland (Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand).
Trier in Germany was an important Roman colony that gained more prominence during the late empire, and it was about 310CE when the Emperor Constantine decided to build an impressive reception hall attached to his palace.
Guest: Dr Christian Rollinger (Lecturer in ancient history, University of Trier).
Arch of Galerius
When Galerius had a big victory against the Persians he decided to celebrate with a fantastic building project. The arch and associated palace complex would dominate the streets of Thessaloniki in Greece, and long remembered after the name of Galerius was forgotten.
Guest: Assoc. Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt).
Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale was a large Roman villa in rural Sicily dating to the early 4th c CE. Its scale and opulence speaks to the wealth and power of the villa owners, and it boasts one of the most extensive and impressive collection of mosaics in the Roman empire.
Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Trendall Centre, La Trobe University).
Gerasa was a Greco-Roman city in the east of the Roman Empire, in what is now modern day Jerash in Jordan. Like many cities in the area it had Greek influences with a strong local semantic character, and it was significant enough to get a visit from Hadrian during his tour of the province.
Guest: Emeritus Professor David Kennedy (Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia).
Thysdrus was a former Cartheginian town and Roman colony in what was the province of Africa. The area drew its wealth from growing olives and the production of oil. And has become famous in the years since as being the home of one of Rome’s best preserved amphitheatres.
Guest: Dr Darius Arya (CEO of The American Institute for Roman Culture and Director of Ancient Rome Live)
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I love this podcast. The description of the Largo Argentina,(Pompey’s Theatre) was especially compelling. I’ve been there, and to actually be at the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination was astounding; it brings history to life. The podcast’s description was perfect, down to the cats, which are everywhere! Matt and his guests are the next best thing to being there. Thank You
Thank you for being a great source of information in a light, fun, interesting way! Very professional and still, feels like we are listening in to a conversation between nice people! Great way to travel during this time of lockdown! Looking forward to the next episode.