When in Rome Podcast
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 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) Download File - 21.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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) Download File - 30.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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) Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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) Download File - 23.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode XV - The Pope's Pantheon Author: Matt Smith
Fri, Sep 30, 2016
With Rome safely out of the imperial period, the Pantheon comes to represent an age the city has lost. Before it can fall into disrepair its converted into a church, and many consider this to be the reason it's lasted as well as it has. So should we thank the papacy for what we have, or do we lament what it has become?
Guest: Dr Lisa Beaven (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne) Download File - 30.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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