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An Ancient Roman History podcast hosted by Roman Historians!

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*Special Episode* What Does Your Toga Say About You?

Dr Amy Place from the University of Leicester sits down with Dr Rad to discuss the humble Roman toga, fashion and social identity, and everyday life in late imperial Roman North Africa! On a recent tour to Australia, Place presented a paper for the SPQR Roman History Forum at Macquarie University on the representation of fashions in Late Roman North Africa. The Partial Historians we lucky enough to grab the chance to chat. *Special Episode* - What Does Your Toga Say About You? Late Roman North Africa is a time period and an area that is understudied, but just as fascinating as Italy. Place is particularly interested in how clothing is represented and how it was used to express social identity. Dominus Julius Mosaic from Carthage, Bardo Museum. Copyright credit:Sean Leatherbury/Manar al-Athar When are we talking? Dr Place’s research focuses on 200-550 CE. The late Roman empire is full of intrigue and was a time of great change. While there was some stability under the emperor Septim...

30 MIN1 w ago
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*Special Episode* What Does Your Toga Say About You?

Episode 98 – Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul

It's c. 460 BCE and this hectic year in Roman history continues! In this episode we consider Rome in the wake of the sneak attack on the Capitol by Herdonius' disaffected Sabines. During the challenges of wrestling control back, the Romans lose one of their own. The consul Publius Valerius Pubicola falls in battle. This is a tragic loss and opens the way for Lucius Cincinnatus to return to the narrative. Episode 98 - Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul Looking to catch up on the narrative before diving into this episode? You can find out more about the earlier events of this year here. Who's Who Consuls * Publius Valerius P. f. Volusi n. Publicola (cos II) * Gaius Claudius Ap. f. M. n. Inrigillensis (or Regillensis) Sabinus Suffect Consul * Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus Tribune of the Plebs * Aulus Verginius * Marcus Volscius Fictor A Man of the Land There's nothing quite like a man who farms. For fans of men of the land, Cincinnatus is here for you. We explore the important symbolism of Cin...

-1 sOCT 17
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Episode 98 – Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul

*Special Episode* – The Thread of Women’s Representation

In this special episode, we're joined by Liz Smith, who has recently completed her doctoral research of the representation of women's dress in statuary at Macquarie University. Together we'll trace the threads of evidence for women's attire in the Roman world. The Thread of Women's Representation with Liz Smith Liz's research includes the fashion of women's dress in ancient representations in order to investigate what we can learn about the representation of women. This means considering how representations of women in statuary were often mediated by a male perspective and asking what this might reveal about women's lived experience. The Importance of Material Evidence A consideration of material evidence, especially when combined with inscriptions offers an alternative to the literary sources for thinking about women and daily life in the ancient world. Our evidence in this episode dates from the third century CE, which means we're thinking about a Rome embroiled in empire and impe...

-1 sOCT 4
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*Special Episode* – The Thread of Women’s Representation

Episode 97 – Surprising Sabines

We return to our narrative of Rome's history of its foundation with some surprising Sabines. It's still 460 BCE , which is an indication of just how complicated Rome's history is becoming when we read our sources. Both Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus are very focused on the ongoing conflict between the Roman elites and the emerging claims to power from the plebeians. We wouldn't would to give too many spoilers away, but while the Romans are busy trying to figure out what their internal politics will look like, there might just be an enemy on the horizon! Episode 97 - Surprising Sabines You can catch up on the earlier action of this year here. Just Your Everyday Ongoing Political Conflict Some of the complications in the City stem from the young patricians who have become a force to be reckoned with, terrorising plebeians. The tribunes have been lobbying for changes that would make Roman law transparent but so far there's been no real movement on the issue. There are a number of ...

-1 sSEP 19
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Episode 97 – Surprising Sabines

At the Movies – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Warning! This post and episode contain huge spoilers. Dr G and Dr Rad always enjoy a trip to the movies, as you tell from our past forays in classics like Spartacus, Gladiator, and the contemporary farce Hail, Caesar! We are planning to record more special episodes when we see a historical flick or television series that sparks our interest. This week we saw Tarantino’s latest offering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Bonus Episode - Once Upon a Time in HollywoodThe audio is a little variable on this one, but we decided to keep at much as possible rather than cut. Equipment checking is a high priority before our next recording session. Did we mention the spoilers? They are coming... The two main characters in this film (Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt) are fictional, but the backdrop to their story is historical. Whilst occasionally flashing back to earlier points, the majority of the film takes place in Hollywood, 1969. 2019 mar...

50 MINSEP 5
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At the Movies – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

*Special Episode* – Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans

Dr Radness travelled to Melbourne recently and met with the fantastic and erudite Dr Rhiannon Evans from La Trobe. Dr Evans is one of the famous voices on the Emperors of Rome podcast. In this special episode, Dr Rad and Dr Evans explore barbarians! *Special Episode* - Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans Tune in to learn more about how the Romans thought about the peoples they came into contact with. What makes a Barbarian? Connotations have a very important place when thinking about barbarians. Our modern usage also influences how we think of the category. So the first order of business is a consideration of etymology and to consider who the Romans are applying the term to and why. There are a range of factors to consider when turning to the Roman use of the term. Up for discussion: * who cops the designation of barbarian from the Roman perspective * what makes someone more and less barbarous * just what is happening on the other side of the Rhine * and some of the problems with our ...

57 MINAUG 29
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*Special Episode* – Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans

Episode 96 – Letters and Rumours

The conflict between patricians and plebeians continues apace as we explore the political complexities of 460 BCE. Much like a Jane Austen novel, letters and rumours abound in the fair city of Rome... Episode 96 - Letters and Rumours According to the annalist tradition, debate continues to rage about the proposal for clarity around laws and the idea of equality before the law. This leads to an unusual situation: the tribunes from the previous year return to continue pushing for these changes. Livy notes that the tribunes are riding on a high after ensuring the recent demise of Caeso Quinctius. But this also means that the incoming consuls are dealing with tribunes who seem be becoming entrenched... Strategies for Violence? We saw in the previous episode that there seems to be a difference between how the older patricians go about politics—through mechanisms such as magistracies and the senate—and how the younger patricians seek to make plays, through public violence and intimidati...

-1 sAUG 6
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Episode 96 – Letters and Rumours

Episode 95 – Introducing Caeso Quinctius

Episode 95 - Introducing Caeso Quinctius The complex relationship between the patricians and plebeians is central to our appreciation of the 460s BCE. In this episode we'll get to consider the complexities first hand with the entrance of Caeso Quinctius (remember this name, he's going places!). We jump back into the narrative history of c. 461 BCE with our guides of the moment, Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Both are writing long after these events, which means that their accounts leave a lot to be desired at times. Nevertheless, both are interested in presenting a narrative on the theme of power. How is it distributed? Who has it and who doesn't? And what are the mechanisms of political power in this system of armies, consuls, patricians, and plebeians? Young Versus Old? Livy makes mention of the some generational differences in attitude of the elder patricians and their scions. These simmering tensions influence the way politics plays out in the forum. Dionysius is more inte...

-1 sJUL 4
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Episode 95 – Introducing Caeso Quinctius

Episode 94 – Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee

Episode 94 - Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee We return to Rome's narrative from the founding of City. The year c. 462 BCE ends on a high note with the consuls both gathering honours for their military exploits. L. Lucretius Tricipitinus is awarded a triumph for his successes against the Aequii while T. Veturius Geminus scores an ovatio for his part against the Volscii. As for the title of this episode—'Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee'— well, we wouldn't want to spoil it, but let's just say it's best to keep your ears alert for prodigies! C. 461 BCE is a big year for Rome in many respects and we'll be examining it in depth over a couple of episodes. Here are our main players: The Consuls * Publius Volumnius M. f. M. n. Amintinus Gallus (patrician) * Servius Sulpicius - f. Ser. n. Camerinus Cornutus (patrician) Prefect of the City * Quintus Fabius Tribune of the Plebs * Gaius Terentius (Terentilius?) Harsa * Aulus Verginius Restrictions on consular power? One of the big subjects that comes in...

-1 sJUN 6
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Episode 94 – Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee

*Special Episode* – Totalus Rankium and the Partial Historians on Tiberius

We return to the fray with the most excellent Rob and Jaime to tackle Dr Radness' favourite emperor. How will Tiberius fare against the criteria of Totalus Rankium? We're about to find out! How great is Tiberius? Tune in to find out! How are we judging Tiberius? Oooo better not to ask me, Dr G, author of this post, because I'm too much of an Augustan fan-girl to answer this question. Okay, okay, here's how it will work. We'll discuss Tiberius' life and career and at the end of the conversation we'll apply the Totalus Rankium system to form a holistic judgement of the imperial man himself. Here are the categories: * Fights Maximus - an emperor's fighting capacity * Opprobrium Crazium - their average level of insanity / taking things just too far * Succesus Ultimus - how successful were they (all things considered)? * Image Facius - were they attractive? Yes, this is the sexy category An Origin Story Like many people, Tiberius rises from humble beginnings. We'll explore the nature of ...

-1 sMAY 15
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*Special Episode* – Totalus Rankium and the Partial Historians on Tiberius

Latest Episodes

*Special Episode* What Does Your Toga Say About You?

Dr Amy Place from the University of Leicester sits down with Dr Rad to discuss the humble Roman toga, fashion and social identity, and everyday life in late imperial Roman North Africa! On a recent tour to Australia, Place presented a paper for the SPQR Roman History Forum at Macquarie University on the representation of fashions in Late Roman North Africa. The Partial Historians we lucky enough to grab the chance to chat. *Special Episode* - What Does Your Toga Say About You? Late Roman North Africa is a time period and an area that is understudied, but just as fascinating as Italy. Place is particularly interested in how clothing is represented and how it was used to express social identity. Dominus Julius Mosaic from Carthage, Bardo Museum. Copyright credit:Sean Leatherbury/Manar al-Athar When are we talking? Dr Place’s research focuses on 200-550 CE. The late Roman empire is full of intrigue and was a time of great change. While there was some stability under the emperor Septim...

30 MIN1 w ago
Comments
*Special Episode* What Does Your Toga Say About You?

Episode 98 – Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul

It's c. 460 BCE and this hectic year in Roman history continues! In this episode we consider Rome in the wake of the sneak attack on the Capitol by Herdonius' disaffected Sabines. During the challenges of wrestling control back, the Romans lose one of their own. The consul Publius Valerius Pubicola falls in battle. This is a tragic loss and opens the way for Lucius Cincinnatus to return to the narrative. Episode 98 - Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul Looking to catch up on the narrative before diving into this episode? You can find out more about the earlier events of this year here. Who's Who Consuls * Publius Valerius P. f. Volusi n. Publicola (cos II) * Gaius Claudius Ap. f. M. n. Inrigillensis (or Regillensis) Sabinus Suffect Consul * Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus Tribune of the Plebs * Aulus Verginius * Marcus Volscius Fictor A Man of the Land There's nothing quite like a man who farms. For fans of men of the land, Cincinnatus is here for you. We explore the important symbolism of Cin...

-1 sOCT 17
Comments
Episode 98 – Cincinnatus, Suffect Consul

*Special Episode* – The Thread of Women’s Representation

In this special episode, we're joined by Liz Smith, who has recently completed her doctoral research of the representation of women's dress in statuary at Macquarie University. Together we'll trace the threads of evidence for women's attire in the Roman world. The Thread of Women's Representation with Liz Smith Liz's research includes the fashion of women's dress in ancient representations in order to investigate what we can learn about the representation of women. This means considering how representations of women in statuary were often mediated by a male perspective and asking what this might reveal about women's lived experience. The Importance of Material Evidence A consideration of material evidence, especially when combined with inscriptions offers an alternative to the literary sources for thinking about women and daily life in the ancient world. Our evidence in this episode dates from the third century CE, which means we're thinking about a Rome embroiled in empire and impe...

-1 sOCT 4
Comments
*Special Episode* – The Thread of Women’s Representation

Episode 97 – Surprising Sabines

We return to our narrative of Rome's history of its foundation with some surprising Sabines. It's still 460 BCE , which is an indication of just how complicated Rome's history is becoming when we read our sources. Both Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus are very focused on the ongoing conflict between the Roman elites and the emerging claims to power from the plebeians. We wouldn't would to give too many spoilers away, but while the Romans are busy trying to figure out what their internal politics will look like, there might just be an enemy on the horizon! Episode 97 - Surprising Sabines You can catch up on the earlier action of this year here. Just Your Everyday Ongoing Political Conflict Some of the complications in the City stem from the young patricians who have become a force to be reckoned with, terrorising plebeians. The tribunes have been lobbying for changes that would make Roman law transparent but so far there's been no real movement on the issue. There are a number of ...

-1 sSEP 19
Comments
Episode 97 – Surprising Sabines

At the Movies – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Warning! This post and episode contain huge spoilers. Dr G and Dr Rad always enjoy a trip to the movies, as you tell from our past forays in classics like Spartacus, Gladiator, and the contemporary farce Hail, Caesar! We are planning to record more special episodes when we see a historical flick or television series that sparks our interest. This week we saw Tarantino’s latest offering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Bonus Episode - Once Upon a Time in HollywoodThe audio is a little variable on this one, but we decided to keep at much as possible rather than cut. Equipment checking is a high priority before our next recording session. Did we mention the spoilers? They are coming... The two main characters in this film (Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt) are fictional, but the backdrop to their story is historical. Whilst occasionally flashing back to earlier points, the majority of the film takes place in Hollywood, 1969. 2019 mar...

50 MINSEP 5
Comments
At the Movies – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

*Special Episode* – Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans

Dr Radness travelled to Melbourne recently and met with the fantastic and erudite Dr Rhiannon Evans from La Trobe. Dr Evans is one of the famous voices on the Emperors of Rome podcast. In this special episode, Dr Rad and Dr Evans explore barbarians! *Special Episode* - Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans Tune in to learn more about how the Romans thought about the peoples they came into contact with. What makes a Barbarian? Connotations have a very important place when thinking about barbarians. Our modern usage also influences how we think of the category. So the first order of business is a consideration of etymology and to consider who the Romans are applying the term to and why. There are a range of factors to consider when turning to the Roman use of the term. Up for discussion: * who cops the designation of barbarian from the Roman perspective * what makes someone more and less barbarous * just what is happening on the other side of the Rhine * and some of the problems with our ...

57 MINAUG 29
Comments
*Special Episode* – Barbarians with Dr Rhiannon Evans

Episode 96 – Letters and Rumours

The conflict between patricians and plebeians continues apace as we explore the political complexities of 460 BCE. Much like a Jane Austen novel, letters and rumours abound in the fair city of Rome... Episode 96 - Letters and Rumours According to the annalist tradition, debate continues to rage about the proposal for clarity around laws and the idea of equality before the law. This leads to an unusual situation: the tribunes from the previous year return to continue pushing for these changes. Livy notes that the tribunes are riding on a high after ensuring the recent demise of Caeso Quinctius. But this also means that the incoming consuls are dealing with tribunes who seem be becoming entrenched... Strategies for Violence? We saw in the previous episode that there seems to be a difference between how the older patricians go about politics—through mechanisms such as magistracies and the senate—and how the younger patricians seek to make plays, through public violence and intimidati...

-1 sAUG 6
Comments
Episode 96 – Letters and Rumours

Episode 95 – Introducing Caeso Quinctius

Episode 95 - Introducing Caeso Quinctius The complex relationship between the patricians and plebeians is central to our appreciation of the 460s BCE. In this episode we'll get to consider the complexities first hand with the entrance of Caeso Quinctius (remember this name, he's going places!). We jump back into the narrative history of c. 461 BCE with our guides of the moment, Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Both are writing long after these events, which means that their accounts leave a lot to be desired at times. Nevertheless, both are interested in presenting a narrative on the theme of power. How is it distributed? Who has it and who doesn't? And what are the mechanisms of political power in this system of armies, consuls, patricians, and plebeians? Young Versus Old? Livy makes mention of the some generational differences in attitude of the elder patricians and their scions. These simmering tensions influence the way politics plays out in the forum. Dionysius is more inte...

-1 sJUL 4
Comments
Episode 95 – Introducing Caeso Quinctius

Episode 94 – Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee

Episode 94 - Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee We return to Rome's narrative from the founding of City. The year c. 462 BCE ends on a high note with the consuls both gathering honours for their military exploits. L. Lucretius Tricipitinus is awarded a triumph for his successes against the Aequii while T. Veturius Geminus scores an ovatio for his part against the Volscii. As for the title of this episode—'Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee'— well, we wouldn't want to spoil it, but let's just say it's best to keep your ears alert for prodigies! C. 461 BCE is a big year for Rome in many respects and we'll be examining it in depth over a couple of episodes. Here are our main players: The Consuls * Publius Volumnius M. f. M. n. Amintinus Gallus (patrician) * Servius Sulpicius - f. Ser. n. Camerinus Cornutus (patrician) Prefect of the City * Quintus Fabius Tribune of the Plebs * Gaius Terentius (Terentilius?) Harsa * Aulus Verginius Restrictions on consular power? One of the big subjects that comes in...

-1 sJUN 6
Comments
Episode 94 – Flesh Rains Down Upon Thee

*Special Episode* – Totalus Rankium and the Partial Historians on Tiberius

We return to the fray with the most excellent Rob and Jaime to tackle Dr Radness' favourite emperor. How will Tiberius fare against the criteria of Totalus Rankium? We're about to find out! How great is Tiberius? Tune in to find out! How are we judging Tiberius? Oooo better not to ask me, Dr G, author of this post, because I'm too much of an Augustan fan-girl to answer this question. Okay, okay, here's how it will work. We'll discuss Tiberius' life and career and at the end of the conversation we'll apply the Totalus Rankium system to form a holistic judgement of the imperial man himself. Here are the categories: * Fights Maximus - an emperor's fighting capacity * Opprobrium Crazium - their average level of insanity / taking things just too far * Succesus Ultimus - how successful were they (all things considered)? * Image Facius - were they attractive? Yes, this is the sexy category An Origin Story Like many people, Tiberius rises from humble beginnings. We'll explore the nature of ...

-1 sMAY 15
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*Special Episode* – Totalus Rankium and the Partial Historians on Tiberius
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