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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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“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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Great show!

By Trilolight - May 20 2019
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Excellent show. Great narration and material.

Excellent!!!

By Ike 22222 - May 20 2019
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Informative and entertaining, marvelous presentation.

iTunes Ratings

858 Ratings
Average Ratings
786
48
10
9
5

Great show!

By Trilolight - May 20 2019
Read more
Excellent show. Great narration and material.

Excellent!!!

By Ike 22222 - May 20 2019
Read more
Informative and entertaining, marvelous presentation.
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Emperors of Rome

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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.

Rank #1: Episode CXXIV – The Lowest Depths of Foulness (Elagabalus II)

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When Elagabalus finally reached Rome, the city seemed to hold its breath. The young Emperor embraced both the roles of ruler and high priest of a foreign religion, and there were many that questioned where his priorities lie.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Aug 12 2019
31 mins
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Rank #2: Episode I - The Early Years of Caesar

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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.

Mar 28 2014
12 mins
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Rank #3: Episode CXXIII - Here Comes the Sun (Elagabalus I)

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Macrinus has made a treaty with the Parthians and at long last, the two mighty empires are at peace. It likely won’t last, but at this point it matters little: now he can finally get down to the business of ruling the empire.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Aug 01 2019
29 mins
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Rank #4: Episode XCIII - Powerful Personalities

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As the senate clawed more power from the people, it was inevitable that a few would rise above others, and take over command and influence with an army. Marius, Sulla, and the civil war that followed would just be another log on the funeral pyre of the Roman republic.

Part III of The Fall of the Roman Republic.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

Apr 05 2018
31 mins
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Rank #5: Episode CXIII - Fratricidal Discord (Caracalla I)

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The death of Septimius Severus left a strong line of succession with two sons ready to take control of the empire. There was no love lost between Caracalla and Geta, and it would be the Roman empire that bore the scars of their relationship.

Guest:
Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University)

Feb 19 2019
35 mins
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Rank #6: Episode XCI - The Roman Constitution

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The Roman Republic is often held up as a foundation model of western democracy, and while it worked well for some of the Romans at the time, it did have its flaws. These became more pronounced as the centuries passed.

Part I of The Fall of the Roman Republic.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

Mar 08 2018
37 mins
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Rank #7: Episode XCII - The Beginning of the End of the Republic

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The Roman Republic was still going strong 400 years after it had been established but cracks were beginning to show. We can put a year on when it started to go wrong: 133BCE. In this year there would be two significant deaths that would begin the end.

Part II of The Fall of the Roman Republic.

Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

Mar 20 2018
20 mins
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Rank #8: Episode LX - Cleopatra (Live at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne)

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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.

Nov 29 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #9: Episode II - Caesar the Politician

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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.

Apr 10 2014
15 mins
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Rank #10: Episode CXXI - Assassination

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Assassination was a regular occurrence in the right Roman circles, and the gossip around the senate floor must have frequently turned to who's knifing who. An emperor would need to keep the senate, the army, and the people on side, or risk a well-placed dagger.

Guest:
Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

Jun 25 2019
36 mins
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Rank #11: Episode LXI - Gladiator (2000)

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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?
Dec 12 2016
35 mins
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Rank #12: Episode CV - Spartacus the Gladiator

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The Roman empire was made mighty through the hard work of slaves, but occasionally they escaped, banded together and fought back.

The last and greatest slave rebellion was lead by Spartacus, a man who has come to symbolise the oppressed and resistance against tyranny. We begin the story of his life by looking at his time as a gladiator.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

Oct 16 2018
24 mins
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Rank #13: Episode III - Caesar and Gaul

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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.

May 01 2014
15 mins
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Rank #14: Episode CIV - Slavery

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Slaves were an integral part of the Roman society, responsible for much of the domestic duties and manual labour for any self respecting and vaguely wealthy Roman citizen.

Life as a slave was harsh – you were treated as property, the best you could hope for was freedom, and at worst being worked to death. But it’s unlikely Rome would be a city clothed in marble without slaves to exploit.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).

Oct 01 2018
39 mins
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Rank #15: Episode XLIV - Roman Sexuality

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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.
Mar 07 2016
22 mins
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Rank #16: Episode XXXIV - Titus and the Siege of Jerusalem

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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.
Sep 22 2015
20 mins
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Rank #17: Episode XXXV - A Pleasant Surprise From the Emperor Titus

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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.
Oct 19 2015
25 mins
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Rank #18: Episode LXXVIII - Borders of the Roman Empire

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The borders of the Roman Empire grew and shrank throughout its history, reaching its greatest extent during the rule of Trajan. How the Romans viewed and managed their provinces changed with the politics of Rome, and their relationship with outside powers influenced what it meant to be a Roman.

Guest: Dr Paul Burton (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Classical Studies, Australian National University).

Aug 22 2017
21 mins
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Rank #19: Episode XXXVII - Domitian Dominates

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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…
Nov 16 2015
30 mins
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Rank #20: Episode LXXXIX - A Man the World Could Not Hold

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Determined to end his time as Emperor on a high note, Septimius Severus sets his sights on what is one of the few places in the empire having trouble with the locals – Brittania, an island that has never been entirely under Roman rule.

Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Roman History, Macquarie University).

Feb 06 2018
33 mins
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