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Emperors of Rome Podcast by Rhiannon Evans

Emperors of Rome Podcast

by Rhiannon Evans

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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 and Matt Smith.


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Episode LXIX - Galen and the Antonine Plague

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


As the Parthian War comes to end the troops are dispersed throughout the corners of the Empire, and with them goes the Antonine plague. The effects of the plague will be felt for decades to come, and we know much about it through the extensive writings of the physician Galen.

Guest: Dr Leanne McNamara (Classics, La Trobe University).



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Episode LXVIII - Never Underestimate the Parthians

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Apr 04, 2017


The reign of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus quickly erupts into war, a state which will continue for the rest of their lives. The first threat the empire encounters comes from the east, where the long-time enemy of the Romans, the Parthians, make their move.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University).



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Episode LXVII - Heir and a Spare

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


Introducing Marcus Aurelius: scholar, warrior, philosopher,leader, lover. And his younger brother, Lucius Verus.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University).



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Episode LXVI - Fronto

Author: Dr Callain Davenport
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


When Marcus Aurelius was a young man he was important enough to be given the best education sestertius could buy, in the form of a number of prominent tutors. One of those was the respected senator, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, who remained close to Marcus for the rest of his life. His letters to and from the Emperor, as well their relationship, give a rare insight behind the scenes of imperial power.

Guest: Dr Callain Davenport (ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland).



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Episode LXV - Antoninus Pius

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Antoninus became emperor in 138CE as part of a solid succession plan, keeping the empire safe until Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus came of age. No one expected him to be so successful, ruling over a peaceful and prosperous Rome for 22 years.

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Episode LXIV - Q and A III

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Feb 07, 2017


Listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode:
- What did the Romans know about China and India?
- At what point does someone who is conquered become a slave?
- Where did the colours come from for Roman garments?
- What did Romans celebrate?
- What did Romans eat?
- Do we know where Julius Caesar was stabbed?
- Who is our favourite Emperor?
- How did the ancient texts get to us today?
- How do we prepare and do our research for the podcast?



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Episode LXIII - Women Poets

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jan 24, 2017


All our talk of Roman writing has focused on men, for the simple reason that, for the most part, that is all we have. This makes the fragments of work we have by Roman women an important aspect of life and culture in ancient Rome. Unfortunately, it can be covered in a single episode.

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Episode LXII - Juvenal

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


Juvenal was a poet from the second century CE, and was one of the last and greatest satirical poets of the Roman empire. His five books, collectively known as the Satires, can be a brutal critique of life in Rome, but his use of comedic expression and his tendency to exaggerate has made interpreting them a field of debate.

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Interlude - The Bronze Head of Augustus

Author: Dr Lily Withycombe
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


One of the treasures of the British Museum collection is a bronze head of Augustus. Matt Smith is introduced by Dr Lily Withycombe, a curator from the National Museum of Australia.

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Episode LXI - Gladiator (2000)

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Dec 13, 2016


The movie Gladiator is a work of historical fiction, telling the story of the fallen Roman general Maximus, his journey as a Gladiator, and his fight in the arena against the Emperor Commodus. So how much did Ridley and Rusty get right?

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Episode LX - Cleopatra (Live at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne)

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Cleopatra was a ruler of Egypt at a time when the land of the Pharaohs were coming to an end. The impression we have of her will always be through the relationships she had with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. So what's her real story?

Recorded live at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, on 22nd November, 2016.



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Episode LIX - Martial

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


Martial was a poet writing during the time of Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. He was famous during his time, well-known for his books of epigrams, many of them witty, brief, and/or offensive.

As this is a historical work and a historical figure, we are presenting this uncensored.



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Episode LVIII - Tacitus

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


"It is the rare fortune of an age in which we may feel what we wish and may say what we feel." - Tacitus, Histories, Book I.I

Tacitus is one of the most important historians of the Roman empire, writing some of the most reputable biographies of early Roman emperors.



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Episode LVII - Little Soul, Little Wanderer, Little Charmer

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Hadrian has wandered to every province in the empire, built impressive buildings, waged war against the jews, and ruled a vast empire. He now withdraws to live in seclusion, and spends the rest of his life struggling to find a suitable heir.

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Interlude - The Singing Colossus of Memnon

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Oct 04, 2016


In 129CE Hadrian visits Egypt, and stops to take a look at one of the country's top tourist destinations: the singing colossus of Memnon.

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Episode LVI - May His Bones Rot

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Jerusalem rebels against conditions imposed upon it by Roman rule, and Hadrian responds with such force that his name and acts are never forgotten.

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Episode LV - What Hadrian Loves Best

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Sep 06, 2016


With Hadrian safely back from his travels we take a moment to have a look at what could debatably be the loves of Hadrian's life - his building projects, his wife Vabia Sabina, and a certain young man named Antinous.

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Episode LIV - There and Back Again (An Emperor's Tale)

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


With his position as Emperor secure Hadrian sets about doing what he's always wanted to do: touring the provinces and taking a ridiculously long gap year. For the next four years Hadrian will be living his life on the road, and he leaves his name on every part of the Empire he visits.

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Episode LIII - Rome Welcomes Hadrian

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Aug 09, 2016


Hadrian is now the emperor of Rome, and he makes some quick changes with large-reaching consequences - he pulls troops back from Parthia and in the eyes of Rome gives up the territory, and he has four influential Romans 'murdered' before they cause him any problems.

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Episode LII - Hadrian the Little Greek

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Trajan was a capable and admired emperor, and his death leaves Rome with uncertainty as to what the future ruler will bring. Into these times step Hadrian, but the transition to power never goes without incident.

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Episode LI - Frontinus

Author: Dr Alice KAuthor: önig
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


Frontinus was a Roman senator who rose to prominence during the time of Domitian, Nerva, and Trajan. While a respected military man, he is best known as an author of technical treatises, especially De Aquaeductu, the authority on the aqueducts of Rome.

Guest: Dr Alice K?nig (Lecturer in Latin & Classical Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland)



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Episode L - Historia Augusta

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jun 14, 2016


The Historia Augusta is one of the few historical sources we have for learning about the later emperors of the Roman empire - it's just a shame it's so untrustworthy.

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Episode XLIX - Suetonius

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, May 31, 2016


When learning about the lives of the early Roman emperors, one of the most valuable resources we have is the work of Suetonius. He was an early writer who rose to prominence during the time of Hadrian, where he made excellent use of his access to imperial records.

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Episode XLVIII - Trajan: Optimus Princeps

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, May 17, 2016


Trajan wasn't just a respected military leader or a man of the sword - he won over both the people of Rome and the senate. He not only cemented an impressive reputation, he set the benchmark against which all future emperors would be measured.

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Episode XLVII - Pliny the Younger

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, May 03, 2016


The letters of Pliny the Younger are a great source of information for life in 2nd C. CE Rome - they tell us about administrative issues, villas, the eruption of Pompeii, and give us an invaluable record of correspondence with the Emperor himself, Trajan.

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Episode XLVI - Trajan vs Dacia

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


An experienced and seasoned military leader, Trajan doesn't wait long to lead the Roman legions into battle, and turns his attention towards Dacia in the north-east. Long since ruled by the Dacian king Decebalus, Dacia could bring much wealth into the Roman Empire, and all that stands between them is the Danube River.

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Episode XLV - In Trajan we Trust

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Coerced by the praetorian guard, Nerva names the respected general Trajan to be his successor. Trajan would go on to become one of the most well regarded emperors the empire had ever seen.

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Interlude - Valerius Flaccus

Author: Assoc Professor Peter Davis
Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Valerius Flaccus was a poet writing during the reign of Vespasian in the 1st century CE. Much of what he's written has been lost, save for an partially written epic 'The Argonautica', telling the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.

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Interlude - Q and A II

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


In which listeners provide well-composed and thoughtful questions on topics of Rome, Matt Smith butchers all the names he reads out, and Rhiannon Evans provides the answers!

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Episode XLIV - Roman Sexuality

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Mar 08, 2016


Popular media has given us many misconceptions about sexuality in ancient Rome. While we're all familiar with the sordid details, Romans thought very differently about sex and marriage to the modern day moral code.

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Episode XLIII - Virgil

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


Virgil was a poet living in the Augustan period, and likely the best regarded writer of the classical period. His work the Aeneid tells the story of Aeneas, refugee from the fall of Troy and mythical founder of Rome. To this day it is the template for epics.

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Interlude - Latin Pronunciation

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


Last week we told you the meanings and origins of some well-known Latin terms. But how do we know how Latin letters and words were pronounced?

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Episode XLII - A Lesson in Latin

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Let's learn some Latin! How did it work? How should we be pronouncing these words? What is the origin of some of the most famous Latin phrases?

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Episode XLI - Nerva

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jan 25, 2016


The death of Domitian leaves a Flavian-sized hole in the fabric of Rome. In this past this would be filled with a quick, dramatic round of 'Who's got the biggest army?', but in this case it's different. The senate acts fast, putting one of their own, Nerva, in the seat of power.

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Episode XL - What is an Emperor? (redux)

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Think about the time spanning from Julius Caesar becoming a dictator right through to the assassination of Domitian. In that period of time Rome has gone from a Republic to being a Monarchy in everything but name. So what is an Emperor now, how has it changed, and what does it mean to hold that power?

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Episode XXXIX - Asterix and the Missing Scroll

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Asterix and the Missing Scroll is one of the highest selling graphic novels of the year, but how does it stack up when you hand it to a dubious Roman classicist?

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Episode XXXVIII - Domitian Must Die

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Dec 01, 2015


Life under Domitian hasn't been easy for the Roman empire. After 15 years of cruelty and paranoia, those close to him decide to bring the Flavian dynasty to a messy ending.

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Episode XXXVII - Domitian Dominates

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Nov 17, 2015


Domitian becomes emperor, and goes from being ignored and having little to Caesar of the greatest empire in the western world. but with great power comes great responsibility…

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Episode XXXVI - The Debut of Domitian

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Wed, Nov 04, 2015


Titus dies without an heir, leaving his brother Domitian to take his place as Emperor. Before we get to that point, who exactly is Domitian, and what happens in his youth to shape him as a ruler?

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Interlude - Titus' Birthday

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Clearing up a discrepancy - in what year was Titus born?

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Episode XXXV - A Pleasant Surprise From the Emperor Titus

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Making the most of his father's power, Titus sets the standard for all playboy princes yet to come. When Vespasian dies and Titus becomes Emperor, Rome was probably bracing themselves for the worst. Fortunately, he steps up to the challenge.

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Biography 1- Spartacus the Gladiator

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Who exactly is Spartacus? Many of the sources are fragmentary, and provide little insight into the motives of the slave gladiator turned rebellious legend. Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) explores the early years of Spartacus.

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Episode XXXIV - Titus and the Siege of Jerusalem

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


Titus is left in command of the troops in Judea by his father Vespasian, who leaves to become the new Emperor of Rome. Eager for a quick resolution, Titus sees taking Jerusalem as the key to ending conflict.

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Episode XXXIII - Emperor Vespasian, Becoming a God

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Vespasian is not the best-known Emperor, perhaps because he had an unremarkable rule, was well liked, managed things well… and wasn't notorious. Perhaps he should be known for the notable characteristics of being approachable and having a good sense of humour!

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Episode XXXII - Vespasian, as Prophesised

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Vespasian had a proud military career, and being of the equestrian ranks, showed little desire to ever become Emperor. The civil war changes this, and faced with so many prophesies Vespasian finally embraces his destiny.

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Episode XXXI - Enter Vespasian

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


The final contender for emperor in the civil war of 69CE is Vespasian, a general who at the time is off fighting a war against the jews in Judea. Before he rises to power he was a competent general of the Equestrian ranks, and had little desire to rule.

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Episode XXX - Vitellius

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Vitellius has been vocally gaining support amongst his troops in Germania, enough to take on Otho and become emperor himself.

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Episode XXIX - Otho

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


When Otho dispatches with his predecessor Galba and declares himself Emperor he quickly finds himself under siege from Vitellius in Germany.

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Episode XXVIII - Galba

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Rome descends into civil war and four contenders eventually vie for the rank of Caesar. The first to have any real success is an ageing governor and general from Spain, Galba.

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Interlude - Reading List II

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jul 07, 2015


As we delve into the civil war of Rome and reach the Flavian dynasty, we take the time to look at the sources and recommend some readings. A complete list will be available on Facebook.

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Episode XXVII - Ovid

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jun 29, 2015


Ovid is one of the most well-remembered poets of the ancient world, most notably for his work the Metamorphoses, but to contemporary Romans he had his critics - in particular the Emperor Augustus.

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Episode XXVI - Seneca the Younger

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, May 18, 2015


Seneca is best known as the the tutor and advisor of Nero, but he was a respected stoic philosopher, a writer of tragedies, and one of the richest men in the Roman empire.

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Episode XXV - Livia

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, May 04, 2015


Livia is often known by association - the wife of Augustus and the mother of Tiberius - but she becomes a figure of power and influence in Rome in her own right.

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Episode XXIV - Cicero

Author: Dr Sonya Wurster
Thu, Apr 16, 2015


Cicero was a self-made man who rose through the ranks of the Roman senate on the strength of his oration. This episode of Emperors of Rome looks at his life, his career and philosophy.

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Episode XXIII - Romans vs Christians

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Thu, Apr 02, 2015


How did the Roman Empire deal with Christians and religious cults in general, and what do we know about the Roman interactions with early Christians?

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Episode XXII - What a Artist Dies in Nero

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Nero always seemed more interested in a playboy lifestyle than managing Rome, and this angered the people of Rome, the Senate and the military.

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Episode XXI - The Great Fire of Rome in 64CE

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Mar 16, 2015


Nero’s biggest test as an Emperor came when a great fire tore through Rome in 64AD. What caused this fire and how Nero acted and reacted is a debate that academics continue to this day.

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Interlude - Q and A

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Thu, Mar 12, 2015


We put out a call to the audience for questions and you responded! Here are our answers.

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Episode XX - Agrippina the Younger

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


Agrippina the Younger was well connected in Rome - the sister of emperor Caligula, the wife of Claudius and the mother of Nero, she was at the centre of power for many years - and some say she held it herself.

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Episode XIX - Nero the Youngest Emperor

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Mar 02, 2015


At the age of 17, Nero is the youngest Emperor yet. Through influence and guidance he takes Rome through what is called ‘five good years’, but it isn’t going to last.

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Episode XVIII - The Life of Claudius

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Feb 16, 2015


Claudius brings his own style to the emperor which makes him enemies in both his family and the senate.

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Episode XVII - Claudius Conquers Britannia

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


The new emperor Claudius has a strong grounding as a scholar, but little experience as a soldier. He turns his attention to a land that has remained virtually untouched since Caesar's time: Britannia.

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Episode XVI - Claudius the Unlikely Emperor

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


With Caligula's brief rule leaving the Julio-Claudians in a sorry state, there isn't much of the imperial family left to become emperor. The title goes to his uncle Claudius mostly be default.

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Interlude - Reading List I

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jan 27, 2015


We’ve had requests for books to compliment this podcast series, so here’s a few suggestions. There’ll be a complete reading list available on our Facebook page.

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Episode XV - The Assassination of Caligula

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jan 19, 2015


Caligula's erratic rule has led to a fast erosion in popularity and support, and rumours of assassination come to head just four short years after he becomes emperor.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at downfall of this hated ruler of Rome.



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Episode XIV - The Madness of Caligula

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jan 12, 2015


Caligula is best known for his erratic and tyrannical behaviour, but were his reactions a result of deviance or madness?

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at the literary sources on Caligula and the wrongs that they accuse him of.



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Episode XIII - The Rule of Caligula

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jan 05, 2015


When Caligula became emperor there was a lot of expectations after the disappointing neglect of Tiberius. But for an emperor with such a short time in power he had a lasting impact on the Roman Empire.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith discuss the promising beginning of the reign of Caligula.



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Episode XII - Tiberius the Gloomiest of Men

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Tiberius has withdrawn to a life of seclusion on the island of Capri, and while he’s there he loses control of both Rome and his reputation.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at the downfall of Tiberius, his trashed reputation, and the scheme of Sejanus.



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Episode XI - Tiberius the Reluctant Emperor

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Tiberius became emperor of Rome at the relatively advanced age of 55. He was well-known as a military commander and was popular with the soldiers, but history portrays him as a reluctant leader.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith discuss the reality of Tiberius.



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Episode X - The Augustan Succession

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Dec 08, 2014


After a lengthy reign of 41 years the Emperor Augustus needs to designate his successor, and after a number of candidates die young he is left with limited options.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at Augustus' succession problem and how he secures his legacy.



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Interlude - Pax Romana

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Dec 02, 2014


Pax Romana - the 'Roman peace' was a long period of relative peace experienced by the Roman Empire, and is said to have been established during the rule of Augustus.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at the contemporary views of peace and how Augustus used it to his advantage.



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Episode IX - Augustan Rome

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Nov 24, 2014


During Augustus’ time as emperor he had a lasting impact on Rome, during which culture thrived and there was extensive building projects.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at Augustan Rome’s good and bad - from culture to censorship.



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Episode VIII - The Augustan Revolution

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first emperor, and after the tumultuous rule of Caesar he enjoyed a long reign.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at how he came to power and whether he was a man of war or peace.



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Interlude - What is an Emperor?

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Wed, Oct 15, 2014


What does the word 'emperor' mean and who can it be applied to in Rome's history?

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at what the emperors called themselves in antiquity, and why the title doesn't apply to Julius Caesar.



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Episode VII - The Legacy of Caesar

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, Jun 23, 2014


For someone who had power for a short amount of time, Caesar’s impact is undeniable.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at the impact of Julius Caesar – the veneration, the public works in his name, and the attempts of emperors to style themselves in his image.



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Episode VI - The Death of Caesar

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Tue, Jun 10, 2014


Between winning the civil war and holding power, Caesar's won the support of the people of Rome, but gains more than one enemy in the Roman Senate.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at Caesar's great downfall.



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Episode V - Caesar and Civil War

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, May 26, 2014


Julius Caesar turns his eyes on a greater prize - the Roman Empire itself.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Lecture in Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University and host Matt Smith discuss Caesar’s civil war, and the resistance within the Senate.



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Episode IV - Caesar's Triumph

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Mon, May 12, 2014


With Gaul and the Germanic tribes conquered and the borders of the Roman Empire expanded, Julius Caesar returns to Rome, hailed as a heroic conqueror.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University), Sarah Midford (Lecturer and PhD student in Classics, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at Caesar's triumphal procession.



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Episode III - Caesar and Gaul

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Thu, May 01, 2014


Caesar eyes the territory to the east, inhabited by hoards of Gauls, and sees a chance to push forward his military career.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith cover Caesar's conquest of Gaul, and his use of writing to push his agenda.



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Episode II - Caesar the Politician

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Thu, Apr 10, 2014


Caesar reaches the age where he can enter politics, but quickly finds that the rules don’t suit him.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith look at Caesar's time as a politician, and a tenuous alliance called the Triumvir.



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Episode I - The Early Years of Caesar

Author: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Fri, Mar 28, 2014


How do Caesar’s formative years shape his decisions in years to come and impact on the Roman Empire?

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) and host Matt Smith discuss what we know about Caesar’s early life, his entry into the military and his encounter with pirates.



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