Spotlight Lecture

Emperors of Rome – Augustus – Wednesday 30 March 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The first emperor of Rome had to overcome a civil war and establish a new world based on one-man rule. A remarkable politician, Augustus established the paradigm of what the emperor should be: a first among equals. He bought the house from Cicero’s arch-nemesis, Hortensius, and it largely remained the house of a successful Republican politician, rather than a palace of an emperor. While his house emphasized his modesty, it was also redolent with history and divinity. It was built near the huts of Romulus, thereby linking the emperor with the founder of Rome; it also incorporated the Temple of Apollo, which helped link Augustus with the god who was said to have guaranteed his victory at the Battle of Actium. In all of these ways, the palace encapsulated everything Augustus wanted to express about his reign.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 30 March 2022

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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