Augustus Unlimited: Geography and power in the Roman empire

York St John University

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Thursday, Jul 22, 2021
from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM (UTC)

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This talk will look at the emperor Augustus’ boast that he had brought the whole world under Roman power, as set out in the title of his Res Gestae (record of achievements) and detailed in chapters 26 to 33. Here, Augustus claimed power over more than fifty foreign peoples and places, all listed in rapid succession and often for the first time in Latin. But would contemporaries really have accepted that this added up to power over the whole world? The talk will show how Augustus took advantage of hazy geographical knowledge and an elastic understanding of ‘power’ to serve his extraordinary claim.

Dr Penelope Goodman is Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Leeds. She is a specialist in spatial organisation in Roman urban sites, and the commemoration of Emperor Augustus, and has published widely on both topics. Her first monograph provided a detailed analysis of periurban development in the Roman cities of Gaul (The Roman City and its Periphery: from Rome to Gaul), and in 2018 she edited a volume that examined the complex historical interpretation and reception of Augustus (Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 – 2014). Most recently, Penny has written a study of the fourteen regions of the city of Rome, arguing that these regions created distinctive neighbourhood identities, and helped establish long-lasting organizational traditions. Penny is currently completing a monograph that looks at the activities that marked the bimillennia of Augustus’ birth (1938) and death (2014).

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