The Reforms of Augustus, Rome’s First Emperor

The mausoleum of Augustus in Rome / Photo by ryarwood, Wikimedia Commons “I found a city built of sun-dried brick. I leave her clothed in marble.” By Donald L. Wasson / 05.25.2016 Professor of Ancient/Medieval History Lincoln College Introduction Emperor Augustus (27 BCE – 14 CE) accomplished much during his time on the Roman throne, far more than many of[…]

Octavian Augustus: ‘First Citizen’ of the Roman Empire

The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, c.1852 / Getty Images, Creative Commons Augustus was the “first among equals”, though of course equality was in so sense an accurate description of either him or ancient Roman life. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.04.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Augustus was a[…]

The Totalitarian Rule and Propaganda of Augustus

Looking to the writings of Duncan Kennedy and Hannah Arendt for further insight. By Dr. Elena Giusti Assistant Professor in Latin Literature and Language University of Warwick Abstract The allegedly old-fashioned debate over the pro- or anti-Augustanism of Augustan texts was superseded in 1992 by Duncan Kennedy’s ‘reflections’ over these terms of reference. Since then,[…]

Searching for Neurological Diseases in the Julio-Claudian Dynasty of the Roman Empire

The Julio Claudian Ravenna Releie / Creative Commons Descriptions of the diseases of some of these emperors may indicate diagnoses such as epilepsy, dystonia, dementia, encephalitis, neurosyphilis, peripheral neuropathies, dyslexia, migraine and sleep disorders.    By Dr. Carlos Henrique Ferreira Camargo and Dr. Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive / 10.17.2017 Camargo: Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Hospital Universitário, Serviço[…]

The Gemma Augustea: Cameo of Augustus

Upper register (detail), Dioskourides, Gemma Augustea, 9 – 12 C.E., 19 x 23 cm, double-layered sardonyx with gold, gold-plated silver (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna) By Dr. Julia Fischer / 08.08.2015 Lecturer of Art History Georgia Southern University Head (detail), Augustus of Primaporta, 1st century C.E. (Vatican Museums) Private art Gemma Claudia, 49 C.E., 120 x 152 cm without[…]

Augustus of Primaporta: Imperial Power in Imagery

By Dr. Julia Fischer / 08.08.2015 Lecturer of Art History Georgia Southern University Augustus and the power of images Augustus of Primaporta, 1st century C.E., marble, 2.03 meters high (Vatican Museums) Today, politicians think very carefully about how they will be photographed.  Think about all the campaign commercials and print ads we are bombarded with[…]