Lecturer: Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
After almost 100 years of civil war, how was Augustus able to bring peace to Rome? Was Caligula really as insane and cruel as people say? Why did Nero try to kill his mother using a collapsible boat? This paper examines the family intrigues, dysfunction, and conspiracies relating to the creation of imperial power during the rule of the Julio-Claudian emperors. The topics range from the creation of dynastic succession and threats to imperial power, to imperialism and the Roman army.
An advanced study of the literary and numismatic sources that document the rise to power of the Julio-Claudian emperors.
This paper examines how these emperors secured their position of power through a consideration
of the family dynamics; the arranged murders and intrigues used to hold on to power;
and their attitudes and actions towards the army, the senate and the people.
In addition, this paper expands on the scandals and intrigues associated with the development of imperial power in Rome in the 1st century CE through seminars on the Roman army, Roman imperialism, the process of deification and sources of history.
|Paper title||From Augustus to Nero: Advanced Studies|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,120.06|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,439.89|
- 72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
- CLAS 344
- Limited to
- BA(Hons), PGDipArts
- Teaching staff
- Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
- Paper Structure
- This paper consists of two-50 minute classes per week, which will vary from lecture
style to a more discussion-based format. The topics are arranged by emperor and cover
the creation and development of dynastic succession, expanding the empire, mutinies
and conspiracies, and ideology and propaganda. There are six tutorials, which focus
specifically on the sources for ancient history, the Roman army, Roman imperialism,
the process of deification, writers under Nero, and the development of imperial power.
Internal Assessment 60%
- Edwards, C. (trans). 2008. Suetonius. The Lives of the Twelve Caesars. Oxford: Oxford
Woodman, A.J. (trans). 2004. Tacitus. The Annals. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Interdisciplinary perspectives.
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- Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will have gained:
- an understanding of the historical context of the period from the death of Caesar to the death of Nero (44 BCE - 68 CE).
- an understanding of the key developments of the construction of a dynastic house and the various ways imperial power could be legitimised and expressed.
- a familiarity with the various types of literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic sources for the period, as well as the ability to critically evaluate these sources.
- the skills of effective written communication, including the construction of clear and logical scholarly argumentation.
- the skills of effective oral communication, including the ability to present formal papers and to draw reasoned hypotheses from the surviving ancient sources.