Augustus Conference, Sydney, Sept.-Oct. 2014
Sponsored by The University of Sydney, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Monday, September 29, 2014 to Thursday, October 2, 2014


CFP Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Augustus from a Distance

A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney.

29th of September to the 2nd of October, 2014

Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.

Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Barbara Levick and Professor Nicholas Purcell. Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.

The venue: The conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia on the main campus of the University of Sydney ( 

The organisers invite papers of about 30 minutes in length (followed by 15 minutes for discussion) on a range of topics, including developments in law, religion and society; other significant individuals such as Marcus Antonius, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Livia and Octavia; the nature of Augustus’ rise to power; the question of what was to happen after his death; the presence or absence of opposition to Augustus; the nature of the Augustan res publica; the physical development of the Augustan city.

We hope for panels which place literature and numismatics in their contemporary contexts and, as scholars of res Romanae based in the Antipodes, on provincial responses to the social and political upheavals of Italy in the first century BCE.

Other specific themes might include: • ‘Augustan culture’: how useful is the term? • The Hellenistic World and the coming of the Principate • What is ‘Augustus’? Then and Now. • Who fashioned the Augustus we think we know? Contemporary appraisals and their impact. • A long-lived family: how did Augustus, Livia and Tiberius survive for so long? • The Augustan elite: how they are presented and how they might have represented themselves. • ‘Augustan Italy’; the ‘Augustan’ empire. • The Res Gestae. What is in it, what is not?

Language, tone, genre, evasions, translation Intending participants should send abstracts of about 200 words by email to the organisers at or by post to Kathryn Welch, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia. Closing date for abstracts is 30th of April, 2014.

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