Emperors of Rome podcast

Emperors of Rome

“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.

“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.

 

#238

Episode CCXXX - The Exile of Cicero (The Catiline Conspiracy VI)

Cicero may have won the battle against Catiline but he wouldn’t win the war. With too many enemies in the senate he makes a tactical retreat, leaving his beloved Rome for the safety of the coast of Greece. Part VI of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

36 MINS

36:15

06 Jun 2024


#237

Episode CCXXIX - Indomitable Spirit (The Catiline Conspiracy V)

Catiline and Cicero now wage very different wars. Cicero on the floor of the senate, arguing for the protection of the legacy of Rome. Catiline on the battlefield, fighting with a bravery that would make any hero proud. Part V of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

10 May 2024

35 MINS

35:50

10 May 2024


#236

Episode CCXXIII - The Championship of the Oppressed (The Catiline Conspiracy IV)

Catiline and Cicero draw their lines of battle in the senate, with Catiline claiming to represent the will of the wretched and destitute. But his attacks on Cicero, directly or indirectly, earn him many enemies, and he is forced to flee the city of Rome. Part IV of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

36 MINS

36:43

26 Apr 2024


#235

Episode CCXXII - A Stolen Election (The Catiline Conspiracy III)

Catiline attempted to become consul of Rome more than once, and its a position he believes he deserves. When he fails in his efforts and Cicero is elected he attempts to force the issue, conspiring with all those who have a grudge against the state. Part III of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

34 MINS

34:31

11 Apr 2024


#234

Episode CCXXI - An Entire Farrago (The Catiline Conspiracy II)

Catiline doesn't have the best reputation in Rome, and in the years after his failed conspiracy he has been implicated in every failed plot of that time. Was he involved in them? Possibly. Part II of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

28 Mar 2024

32 MINS

32:28

28 Mar 2024


#233

Episode CCXX - A Disordered Mind (The Catiline Conspiracy I)

Catiline is a notorious figure of the Roman republic, a longtime rival of Cicero who, after repeated attempts at the consulship decided to push the matter by force. In this episode we look at his character, his role in the social wars of Rome and his early attempts at office. Part I of The Catiline Conspiracy Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

42 MINS

42:55

15 Mar 2024


#232

Episode CCXIX - Hispala Faecena and the Bacchanalia Conspiracy

Hispala Faecena was instrumental in bringing the cult of Bacchus to the attention of Roman authorities, ending a conspiracy that was threatening lives and the rule of law. Guest: Dr Emma Southon (Author of 'A History of the Roman Empire in 21 Women') Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:36

21 Feb 2024


#231

Episode CCXVIII - Martial on the Emperors

Martial was a Roman poet primarily writing during the reign of Domitian, and while primarily known for his commentary on Roman life, his takedowns, his insults and vulgarity, in this episode we look at how he toes the careful line of praising the Emperor. Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

35 MINS

35:52

08 Feb 2024


#230

Episode CCXVII - Angeronalia

Yes, it’s that festive time of year again, when you gather all ye merry people with sore throats, stand around a statue with its mouth covered, and keep the sacred name of Rome safe. Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

22 MINS

22:04

15 Dec 2023


#229

Episode CCXVI - A Roman Haunting in Three Parts

A dire warning from the spirit of Africa! A Haunting in Athens! And someone cuts the hair of Pliny's freedman. Pliny the Younger presents a Roman Haunting in Three Parts. Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

27 Oct 2023

27 MINS

27:48

27 Oct 2023


#228

Episode CCXV - The Unconquered Sun

Aurelian is known as a conqueror, a general and a restorer, and his reputation is based on those achievements. But in his short rule of five years, he was also an Emperor, and made efforts to leave his mark on Rome. Part IV of 'Aurelian' Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). ... Read more

27 Sep 2023

22 MINS

22:57

27 Sep 2023


#227

Episode CCXIV - Aurelian, Restorer of the Age

Aurelian has seen off vandals, goths, and conquered the forces of Zenobia to reclaim the east. But to the west lies the Gallic Empire, once firm territory of Rome, awaiting his attention. Part III of 'Aurelian' Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). ... Read more

25 Aug 2023

22 MINS

22:59

25 Aug 2023


#226

Episode CCXIII - Zenobia

The weakness of Rome was the strength of Palmyra, and the east came to be be ruled by the Queen Zenobia. Cultured and ambitious, her empire stretched from Egypt to Turkey, which made her a formidable challenge for Aurelian. Part II of 'Aurelian' Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). ... Read more

04 Aug 2023

34 MINS

34:50

04 Aug 2023


#225

Episode CCXII - Aurelian, the Restorer of the World

Aurelian became Emperor of a fractured empire. To the west the Gallic Empire had been established ten years earlier, the eastern provinces were now controlled by Zenobia, and there were threats from the vandals in the North. To unite an empire, this will be his first priority. Part I of ‘Aurelian’ Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). ... Read more

14 Jul 2023

25 MINS

25:50

14 Jul 2023


#224

Episode CCXI - Claudius Gothicus

The treacherous death of Gallienus saw the rise of a man of war. Claudius Gothicus definitely earned his title, but with a reign of only two years perhaps he made the right kind of impact without the time to leave a bad impression. For an emperor in the third century that was more than enough, and he left an example for all who followed after. Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). ... Read more

23 Jun 2023

31 MINS

31:58

23 Jun 2023


#223

Episode CCX - A Lesson in Latin III

What Latin words and concepts for time are still with us today? Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University). ... Read more

08 Jun 2023

30 MINS

30:00

08 Jun 2023


#222

Episode CCIX - A Diminished Rome

While much of the Roman Empire was lost during the rule of Gallienus, We don't really know how much of that is his fault, or really get a sense of his reign. Was he responsible for the loss of territory, or was he just a victim of the time? Part IV of 'Gallienus' Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). [Support production of a new series of the When in Rome podcast on Kickstarter.] (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nightlight/when-in-rome-podcast-series-7) ... Read more

12 May 2023

24 MINS

24:07

12 May 2023


#221

Episode CCVIII - Odaenathus, King of Kings

As the Roman empire lost the western provinces something very different was happening in the east. Odaenathus remained on the side of Rome, but assumed the title of King, building his influence throughout the region, to the point where it became a problem for Gallienus. Part III of 'Gallienus' Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University). [Support production of a new series of the When in Rome podcast on Kickstarter.] (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nightlight/when-in-rome-podcast-series-7) ... Read more

28 Apr 2023

30 MINS

30:56

28 Apr 2023