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Lectures and Seminars

Autumn term 2021

Week 1 Th 07/10/21 – Augustus, the Julio Claudian and the first imperial succession

Week 2 Th 14/10/21 - Germanicus and Piso &The Rise and Fall of L. Aelius Sejanus

Week 3 Th 21/10/21 - Tiberian political ideology

Week 4 Th 28/10/21 – Caligula: rise of a monster (1 hour + Seminar Group B)
Seminar Debate: Trial of Piso

  • Group A, Thurs 28/10/21: 12-13, Chancellors 1
  • Group B, Thurs 28/10/21: 5-6, Woods-Scawen

Week 5 Th 04/11/21 - Claudius, the ‘Divine Pumpkin’ who conquered Britain and Intro to the Neronian age

Week 6 Reading Week - No lectures

Week 7 Mon 18/11/21 – Nero and the end of the Julio Claudians; the Year of the Four Emperors (1 hour 4-5 pm)

Seminar Presentations: Opposition to Nero -

  • Group A, Thurs 18/11/21: 12-13, Chancellors 1
  • Group B, Thurs 18/11/21: 5-6 Woods-Scawen

Week 8 Mon 25/11/21 - The Flavian dynasty
Week 9 Mon 02/12/21 – Nerva and Trajan: freedom restored… or not?

Week 10 Mon 09/12/21 – Hadrian: a new Augustus? (1 hour 4-5 pm)

Seminar Presentations: The last of the Flavians -

  • Group A, Thurs 09/12/21: 12-13, Chancellors 1
  • Group B, Thursd 09/12/21: 5-6 Woods-Scawen

Essay Questions (Term 1):

  • How important was the role of women in the Julio-Claudian imperial successions?
  • Why does Tacitus give such prominence to the figure of Sejanus?
  • To what extent does Germanicus represent an alternative to both Tiberius and Caligula in the accounts of Tacitus and Suetonius?
  • Discuss the role of freedmen at the court of Claudius.
  • What makes Caligula a ‘bad emperor’?
  • Was Nero’s succession to Claudius legitimate?

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