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Making the emergency permanent: Augustus and the establishment of the Principate

A Lecture by Professor John Rich

Augustus held monarchical power, but claimed to be merely the Republic's first citizen. This paper examines the ways in which he resolved this paradox, in particular by claiming to accept powers merely as a temporary and emergency provision.
3 June 2010 5pm

Professor John Rich has recently retired from the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on Roman history of the Republican and early imperial periods, and in particular on war, imperialism and international relations, Roman historiography and the transition from Republic to monarchy under Augustus. He is the author of Declaring War in the Roman Republic (Brussels, 1976), Cassius Dio: The Augustan Settlement (Roman History 53-55.9) (Warminster, 1990) and numerous articles and book chapters including, with J. H. C. Williams, a ground-breaking study of the steps towards the settlement of 27BC, ‘Leges et iura p. R. restituit: a new aureus of Octavian and the settlement of 28/27 BC’ Numismatic Chronicle, 159 (1999) 169-213.

CCANESA -- Madsen Building, University of Sydney

Professor Rich is an international visiting research fellow at the University of Sydney for 2010.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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The Herald

'THE Greeks and Romans knew what to do about asylum seekers. Our very language reflects the ancient nature of the problem. Refugee, asylum, migrant, sanctuary, all are derived from Greek and Latin roots. Yet the difference between the ancient response and the modern one is striking. For the Greeks and Romans, the correct action to take wasn't debatable. Every right-thinking person knew what to do. When people were washed up on your shore, you fed and clothed them, and offered them a helping hand.'


Classics recruit focuses on politically incorrect Greek

The Australian

Kevin Lee Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Sebastiana Nervegna, speaks to the Australian's 'Higher Education Supplement' commentator, Luke Slattery about soap opera, comedy, sex and the Greeks, and Classics at the University of Sydney:

'ON my way to interview Sebastiana Nervegna, the latest recruit to a buoyant University of Sydney classics department, I give the address to the taxi driver. "You're interviewing an academic," he snorts. "How exciting. Not."

'His scorn evaporates when I explain that Nervegna is an expert in Menander, a late 4th century Greek playwright who refocused Athenian comedy on domestic intrigues: his tightly constructed plots are driven by sensational lusts and infidelities, peopled with the rich and the poor.

'"So he invented the soap opera," asserts the cabbie with attitude. "Did he also invent farce?' Minutes later I put the question to Nervegna, and she explains that although Menander's work seems to have inaugurated romantic comedy and contains elements that could be seen as farcical, this kind of comedy had precursors.'