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Rome`s First Emperors: Augustus to Nero

This course offers an exploration of the history and culture of Ancient Rome from Augustus to the Emperor Nero.

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Audio ROME'S FIRST EMPERORS - INTRODUCTION

Welcome the the course. This is a quick 'hello' from your tutor, with a brief introduction to what we will be doing on the course.

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Link SUETONIUS: LIFE OF AUGUSTUS

This link takes you to a translation of Suetonius' Life of Augustus.

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Link TACITUS ANNALS BOOKS 12-16

This link takes you to a translation of Tacitus, Annals 12-16 , an important source for the reign of Nero

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Link THE EMPEROR NERO

This link takes you to a brief biography of Nero, with a useful bibliography and notes

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Link SUETONIUS NERO

This link takes you to a translation of Suetonius’ Nero

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Link DIO CASSIUS BOOKS 61-63

This link takes you to a translation of Dio Cassius, Books 61-63, an important source for Nero's reign

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Image collection Relief panel from the proscenium of the theatre at Delphi illustrating scenes from the mythology of Hercules , Relief panel from the proscenium of the theatre at Delphi illustrating scenes from the mythology of Hercules , Relief panel from the proscenium of the theatre at Delphi illustrating scenes from the mythology of Hercules

These panels decorated the proscenium of the theatre at Delphi. They illustrate scenes from the mythology of Hercules (Cerberus; Nemean Lion;...

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Image collection 3rd century CE mosaic pavement showing the four factions (Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites). Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome., 3rd century CE mosaic pavement. Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

This 3rd century CE mosaic pavement shows the four factions (Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites). Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme,...

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Link OPLONTIS PROJECT

This link takes you to the Oplontis Project web site.

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Link VILLA OPLONTIS

This link takes to to some interesting material about Villa Oplontis, etc

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Link WALL PAINTING

This link takes you to interesting material about Roman Wall painting

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Link ALL ROADS LEAD TO (AND FROM) ROME

This link takes you to an enchanting website all about Roman roads

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Link SKENOGRAPHIA

This link gives you some fascinating insights into Roman Wall painting

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Image collection Wall Painting, Villa Oplontis, Wall painting, Villa Oplontis, Wall painting, Villa Oplontis, Wall painting, Villa Oplontis, Wall painting, Villa Oplontis, Wall painting, Villa Oplontis

These wall paintings come from Villa Oplontis, a.k.a. Villa Poppaea. It is regularly associated with Poppaea Sabina. Oplontis appears on the...

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Image collection Nero and Armenia

Nero, wearing a cloak and sword-belt supports a slumped, naked personification of Armenia by the upper arms. She is wearing a soft, Eastern-style...

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Image collection Poppaea Sabina, Poppaea Sabina

Many statues were housed in the Temple of Hera at Olympia. This one of (probably) Poppaea Sabina as a priestess is of very high quality.

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Image collection Nero and Agrippina, Agrippina & Nero, Nero and Agrippina

Agrippina's influence is visible on coins minted in December 54 CE, which show her head facing Nero’s. On this relief from the Sebasteion at...

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Image collection Nero, Nero

Here we have Nero's official image. Suetonius lists the physical characteristics of Nero as follows: Height: average; Body: pustular and...

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Link Rome’s relations with Britain

This link takes you to a brief summary of Rome’s relations with Britain

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Link Suetonius’ Claudius

This link takes you to a translation of Suetonius’ Claudius

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