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When in Rome Podcast by Matt Smith

When in Rome Podcast

by Matt Smith

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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.


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Episode XXII - Tomb of the Scipios

Author: Matt Smith
Fri, Apr 28, 2017


Every good Roman had heard of the Scipios, and true to their reputation they liked to do things differently. While most Romans were content with cremating their dead, the Scipios entombed theirs, harking back to the days of the Etruscans. Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

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Episode XXI - The Column of Marcus Aurelius

Author: Matt Smith
Tue, Mar 28, 2017


Marcus Aurelius spent much of his reign on the frontiers of the Roman empire, protecting his people from the barbarian tribes to the north. A triumphal column was erected in the Campus Martius, in honour of his great victories. Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

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Episode XX - The Column of Antoninus Pius

Author: Matt Smith
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


When Antoninus Pius died in 161CE his successors moved fast to erect a commemorative column in the Campus Martius. While the monument itself was rather plain, it remained standing for many a century, but it was its rediscovery in the 18th century when the story becomes interesting. Guest: Professor Ronald Ridley (Honorary, Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne).

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Episode XIX - Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus

Author: Matt Smith
Sun, Jan 29, 2017


If you had to name a god that the Romans worshipped above all others it would have to be Jupiter, and the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill was the most important temple in the empire. While the building is long since destroyed we have a good idea of what it looked like, thanks to the attention of Roman writers. Guest: Dr Lily Withycombe (curator from the National Museum of Australia)

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Episode XVIII - Diocletian's Palace

Author: Matt Smith
Tue, Jan 03, 2017


When the Emperor Diocletian retired in 305CE he wanted to be well away from the troubles of co-ruling an empire, and withdrew to a large fortified palace on the shores of Split, Croatia. Guest: Dr Christopher Gribbin (Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)

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Episode XVII - The Meridian of Augustus

Author: Matt Smith
Thu, Dec 01, 2016


Augustus was an ambitious builder in his time, and 20 years after conquering Egypt he decided to mark the occasion by bringing sacred obelisks across the Mediterranean and erecting them in Rome. One of these was put in the Campus Martius, and it wasn't just an impressive statement, it had a practical application as well. Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

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Episode XVI - Hadrian's Wall

Author: Matt Smith
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


Hadrian visited the shores of Britannica in 122CE, corrected many abuses, and was the first to construct a wall, 80 miles in length to separate the barbarians from the Romans. Now this wall was completely functionary, and yet it’s the most significant mark Rome left on Britain, and as a result one of the structures that Hadrian is most remembered for. Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

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