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Lecture List Prospectus Entries for Michaelmas Term 2017

Please note that not all lectures and seminars have prospectus entries. Those that do are listed here in alphabetical order.

An Introduction to the Palaeography and the Transmission of the Latin Classics

Dr S J Heyworth, Dr M Robinson

[This is an essential course for those taking the Latin Textual Criticism option on Seneca's Medea, or Latin Palaeography for the M.St. or M.Phil.  Others are welcome.]

wk 1: Introduction: Transmission of classical texts; looking at manuscripts, and describing them
wk 2: ancient scripts: Capitals, Uncials; Caroline Minuscule
wk 3: Protogothic, Gothic; Abbreviations
wk 4: concluding Gothic; Beneventan (+ Merovingian, Vizigothic, Luxeuil)
wk 5: Humanistic
wk 6: a special session inspecting Bodleian MSS in the flesh (starting at 11.30, in the Weston Library)
wk 7: MSS of Seneca’s tragedies; electronic resources for the study of MSS
wk 8: further reading (as requested)

Caesar, de bello Gallico

Dr T Franklinos

There is a difference in prescription depending on which course is being taken. Those reading for courses IA and IB are encouraged to attend all four lectures (weeks 5–8); material to be covered by those reading for IC and IIA will be covered in weeks 5 and 6, though all are welcome to later lectures. Please bring a copy of the prescribed text (the OCT).

5: introductory material and 3.1–6 (all)
6: 3.7–13 (all)
7: 3.14–29 (IA & IB)
8: 1.1–11 (IA & IB)

Christianity and Daily Life in Late Antiquity

Dr I Jacobs; Dr M Lidova

List of themes:

Refocussing the urban fabric around the church
Housing the bishop
Ambiguity of late Roman imagery and private contexts of worship
Incorporating Christianity into imperial visual language
Pilgrimage churches and pilgrimage art
Churches making money?
Female imagery: Virgin Mary and saints in late antique art
Mosaic decorations of late antique churches

Cicero and Catiline

Dr A Gartrell

These lectures are intended particularly for those taking the special subject for Mods, but may also be of use to other students studying the Late Republic. These four lectures will focus on the significant events and people of the paper, as well as the wider historical, political and social context.

Lectures will cover the following topics:

Lecture One: An Introduction to Roman Politics and Source Problems.
Lecture Two: Cicero - A New Man’s Rise to Power.
Lecture Three: Catiline and his Followers.
Lecture Four: Hero against Villain - a more nuanced picture.

Classical Archaeology Seminar: Art and Power, 400 BC – AD 300

Dr S Faust; Prof R R R Smith

Documentary Papyrology Graduate Seminar

Dr A Benaissa

The course is designed to introduce participants to the study of Greek documentary papyri of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. It will cover historical, palaeographical and linguistic aspects of the subject in a relatively broad way, introducing students to important groups of documents and their socio-historical context within a chronological framework. The subject will be taught primarily through case studies. A modest amount of background reading may be assigned before some sessions. The seminar is open to graduates and advanced undergraduates. A good knowledge of Greek is essential. 

Week 1: Introduction: Materials, Resources, Methods; The earliest Greek documentary papyri
Week 2: Ptolemaic period: The Zenon archive
Week 3: Ptolemaic period: Some important official texts; Electronic resources 
Week 4: Ptolemaic period: Other private archives
Week 5: Roman period: First century 
Week 6: Roman period: Second century
Week 7: Roman period: Third century
Week 8: Roman period: Late Antiquity

Empires of Faith Seminar Series

Convenor: Dr M Lidova

in conjunction with the exhibition Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (19th October 2017 - 18th February 2018), Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Week 1 (11 October): Phil Booth (Oxford), “Crucible of the Copts: Empire and faith in seventh-century Egypt”
Week 2 (18 October): Richard Hobbs (London), “Representing belief on silver plate in late Antiquity”
Week 3 (25 October): Susan Walker (Oxford), “Man with a mission: Charles Wilshere, a Victorian collector of early Christian and Jewish antiquities”
Week 4 (1 November): Nadia Ali (London), “Qusayr 'Amra and the continuity of post-classical art in early Islam: Towards an iconology of forms”
Week 5 (8 November): Alain George (Oxford), “The temple, church and first mosque at Damascus: New perspectives”
Week 6 (15 November): Michele Minardi (Bordeaux), “Chorasmian Gods. Images of Zoroastrian Deities throughout Antiquity”
Week 7 (22 November): Maria Cristina Carile (Bologna), “Re-approaching the late antique and medieval art of Ravenna: Visuality and artistic culture of a Mediterranean city”
Week 8 (29 November): Mattia Guidetti (Vienna), “Churches and mosques in early medieval Syria”

For more information about the British Museum & Oxford University Empires of Faith research project, please visit:

Epigraphy Workshop

Dr C Crowther, Dr J Prag, Dr P Thonemann

Four Key Concepts for Classicists

Prof R Rutherford

This course is designed mainly for those embarking on Classics Mods, but anyone who is interested is welcome. Each lecture will focus on a particular topic which is crucial for our study of ancient literature: examples from Greek and Latin, prose and verse will be provided. The aim is to provide orientation and background for students as they read the set books. Handouts with ample bibliography will be used. The four concepts are:

1. Text.
2. Genre.
3. Rhetoric.
4. Intertextuality.

Graduate Elementary Greek

Dr M Whitby

The coursebook will be John Taylor, Greek to GCSE Parts 1 and 2.  Note that these volumes have been reissued in a revised edition in 2016, and we will use the new edition.  Blackwell’s offer a 15% discount to new students (you need to show your card) for the first three weeks of term, which should make them cheaper than Amazon.  Please acquire these books and bring the first along to the first class. You will need this second book by the middle of term.  If you have not studied Greek before, please learn the alphabet (Taylor p. 1) before the first class.

No need to register for the course, just come along, with your book, to the first class.  Any questions: contact

Graduate Intermediate Greek

Dr M Whitby

This term we will read passages from D.A. Russell, An Anthology of Greek Prose (Oxford 1991).  Please acquire a copy of this book or a photocopy of the passage for each week.  The programme will be as follows:

Week 1: no. 44
Week 2: no. 18
Week 3: no. 24
Week 4: no. 78
Week 5: no. 17
Week 6: no. 23
Week 7: nos. 40 and 66
Week 8: no. 33

No need to register for the course, just come along, with your text, to the first class. Try to read the passage and at least make a vocabulary list before each class.  Any questions: contact

Greek and Latin Metre: Analysis and Literary History

Prof G O Hutchinson

These lectures will provide help in scanning Homeric and Virgilian hexameters (weeks 1 and 2); they will also be useful for the metre question in the Mods optional paper, and for the papers on Greek and Latin metre in the MSt. They will also be of value to anyone interested in a fundamental aspect of the texts and genres in the Greats papers Greek Tragedy, Lyric Poetry, Greek Core, etc.

Week 1: Greek and Latin metre: system and evolution. Double-short. Greek: Homeric hexameter; hexameter after Homer; elegiacs from Archilochus to Callimachus.

Week 2: Latin hexameter from Ennius to Statius; elegiacs from CIL i2 to Martial.

Week 3: Greek and Latin anapaests, dactyls, ionics. Single-short. Greek iambi: archaic, tragic, comic.

Week 4: Greek trochees: archaic, tragic, comic; dochmiacs. Latin iambi and trochees: comedy.

Week 5: Latin iambi: Catullus, Horace, Seneca, Martial. Cretics and bacchiacs: Greek tragedy and comedy, Latin comedy. Latin rhythmic prose. Mixed movement. Aeolic: Mytilenean poetry.

Week 6: Mytilenean poetry continued; development of Mytilenean poetry in Greek lyric and tragedy.   

Week 7: Development of Mytilenean poetry in Catullus, Horace, Seneca.  Dactylo-epitrite: archaic lyric, Pindar, Bacchylides; tragedy.

Week 8: Structures. Stanzaic, astrophic, and stichic lyric. Particular stanzas and songs in tragedy and comedy. Survey of literary history.

Greek Archaeology Group/PEGGS Seminar Series

The Greek City in the Roman World from Dio Chrysostom to John Chrysostom

Dr G Kantor

These are classes for the students taking this option as CAAH Ancient History Core Paper or AMH Special subject. Work in classes will focus on detailed discussion of gobbets from the prescribed texts, unified by different aspects of Greek civic life under Rome each week. Students not taking this paper for Finals, but studying related options are welcome to take part in class by prior agreement.

Wk. 1: Power Games: Cities, Governors and Emperors
Wk. 2: Running the City
Wk. 3: Financing the City
Wk. 4: Civic Religion
Wk. 5: Paideia
Wk. 6: Festivals and entertainment
Wk. 7: Christianity and the city
Wk. 8: Decline of the ancient city

Greek Coins

Dr V Heuchert

Essential for the CAAH paper on 'Greek and Roman Coins' and for the M. Stud. and M. Phil. options in Greek Coinage / Greek Numismatics, but open to all with an interest in Greek history or coinage. Owing to sabbatical in 2018 the usual series of 16 lectures in MT and HT has been shortened to eight. It will be repeated in this form in HT 2019.

The lectures aim to provide an introduction to Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greek coins and to the ways we study them. There will be an opportunity at the end of each lecture to examine a selection of relevant coins.

1) Early Electrum and Silver Coinage
2) Coinage and the Athenian Empire (given by J. Kroll)
3) Greek Coin Iconography
4) Coin Use
5) Cooperative Coinage
6) The Coinage of Philip II and Alexander the Great
7) Hellenistic Ruler Portraits
8) Hellenistic Monetary Policies

Greek History 650-479 BC

Prof R Thomas

These lectures will cover the archaic period, from c.700-479 B.C.  They will be of interest to anyone studying Archaic Greece or interested in the early developments of Greek culture and society: especially

Ancient & Modern History Prelims – Greek History c.650-479 B.C..

Classics/Lit.Hum., Greek History 1.

CAAH, various papers involving archaic Greece. – first years, and Finals paper, Early Greece and the Mediterranean.

The lectures will cover the period mainly thematically, integrating the literary, archaeological and epigraphic evidence to offer a picture of this revolutionary and exciting period, and discussing the challenges of the rich remains from the period. Topics will include: Revolution and Social Upheaval: Lawgivers and social change; Greek expansion: networks, economy and colonization; Memory & Memorialisation in archaic society; Tyranny, Aristocracy and Archaic culture; The Greeks & the Near East; Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean: culture, politics, society; Sixth-century Athens: tyranny and the Athenian aristocracy; Towards Democracy: Cleisthenes of Athens; democracy outside Athens.

Greek Language: Xenophon, Anabasis III

Prof T Rood

Xenophon, Anabasis III.1-3.5 (IA, IC), III.1 (IB, IIB)

These lectures are aimed primarily at second-year Classics Mods students (except for course IIA). If you can, please bring or make sure you have access to the set text, which is the revised Loeb, ed. Dillery, available via

Week 1: 1.1-23
Week 2: .1.24-47
Week 3: 2.1-22
Week 4: 2.22-3.5

You will get most from the lectures if you prepare the relevant section in advance of each lecture.

The set portion for IB and IIB students will be covered in the first two lectures, but you are more than welcome to attend all four.

Among the passages and topics we will focus on in the first lecture are:

1.2: style, diction (does Xenophon write Attic?), and how to read a long sentence
1.4, cf. 1.17, 2.5: relative clauses and ‘theme-constituents’
1.5, 6, 8: actives and middles
1.6, 8: relative attraction
1.11: imperfect or aorist?
1.13: some present tenses
1.14: what does Xenophon mean? (is the Loeb right?)
1.13, 19: (the grammar of) Persian torture and wealth

Hellenistic Art in the Cast Gallery

Prof R R R Smith

(NB: The Ashmolean Museum is closed on Mondays. All those attending must meet at latest by 12.05 in the foyer of the St Giles’ entrance to the Museum – that is, one doorway to the left or south of the entrance to the Ioannou. It is the entrance for the Restaurant and Education.)

The lecture-classes will look at selected hellenistic sculptures in the Cast Gallery, focusing on close inspection, description, and interpretation – how should we approach hellenistic statues and reliefs, what kinds of things can we say about them, and how do we go about it? The classes will be interactive and participatory, with group discussion and engagement with the objects. No prior knowledge is needed.

The classes are intended to cover the more purely ‘art’ side of the Hellenistic Art and Archaeology course in Greats and will be of use and interest also to those studying Rome, Italy, and the Hellenistic East in CAAH. They are conceived as a complement to the more contextually- and archaeologically-based lectures on Hellenistic Art and Archaeology next term.

Categories to be considered include: Dionysian figures, honorific portraits, low-life ‘genre’ figures, mythological groups, and royal votives. Key Hellenistic monuments in the Cast Gallery include the following: Aphrodite of Melos (Venus di Milo), Archelaos Relief, Belvedere Torso, Berlin Attalos, Delos Gaul, Demosthenes, Dresden Satyr and Hermaphrodite, Hanging Marsyas, Herculaneum Women, Laocoon, Lykosoura Group, Nike of Samothrace, Old Fisherman, Pergamon Gigantomachy Frieze, Small Gauls, and Terme Boxer.

Hellenistic Poetry

Prof J Lightfoot

Week 1: Alexandria and the Ptolemies
Week 2: Alexandria and "learned” poetry
Week 3: Greek and non-Greek
Week 4: Apollonius of Rhodes: (i) Apollonius and Homer
Week 5: Apollonius of Rhodes: (ii) Male and Female
Week 6: Apollonius of Rhodes: (iii) Narrative
Week 1: Callimachus: (i) Hymns  
Week 2: Callimachus: (ii) Aitia and Aitiai
Week 3: Varieties of Epic
Week 4: Mime
Week 5: Bucolic
Week 6: Epigram


Prof R Ash; Prof T Rood

This lecture series is primarily intended for students taking the Historiography option for Greats, but we welcome any others who are interested. The lectures, designed to dove-tail with the Historiography classes running in MT Weeks 5-8 and HT Weeks 1-4, will proceed on an author-by-author basis while paying particular attention to the set-texts for the Historiography option, as follows:

1. Historiography and why it matters (Joint lecture, R. Ash and T. Rood);
2. Herodotus (T. Rood);
3. Thucydides (T. Rood);
4; Xenophon (T. Rood);
5. Caesar (R. Ash);
6. Sallust (R. Ash);
7. Livy (R. Ash);
8. Tacitus (R. Ash).

Homer, Iliad

Dr C Metcalf

1. Homer and the Iliad: Who?
2. Homer and the Iliad: Where?
3. Homer and the Iliad: When?
4. Homer and the Iliad: What?
5. Homer and history: The Iliad and Mycenae
6. Homer and history: The evidence for the Trojan War
7. The Iliad in ancient Greek literature and culture (i)
8. The Iliad in ancient Greek literature and culture (ii)

Introducing Modern Greece

Various lecturers

Week 1 (11 Oct 2017): Constanze Güthenke ‘Legacies of the Classical Past’
Week 2 (18 Oct 2017): Marc Lauxtermann ‘History of the Greek Language’
Week 3 (25 Oct 2017): Peter Mackridge ‘Greek Language and National Identity’
Week 4 (01 Nov 2017): Kostas Skordyles ‘Continuity and Change in Modern Greek History’
Week 5 (08 Nov 2017): Sotiris Paraschas ‘The Modernity and Greekness of 19th century Modern Greek Fiction’
Week 6 (15 Nov 2017): Othon Anastasakis ‘Greek Politics and Society in the Shadow of Crisis’
Week 7 (22 Nov 2017): Kristina Gedgaudaite ‘Modern Greek Identities’
Week 8 (29 Nov 2017): Marc Lauxtermann ‘Modern Greek Metre’

Introduction to Oscan and Umbrian

Prof A Willi

This series is aimed at those taking Option V.2 (Latin historical linguistics) in the Classics FHS and joint schools, as well as anyone else interested in the languages of Ancient Italy. Oscan and Umbrian are the two best-attested Indo-European languages of Ancient Italy next to Latin, and together with Latin our main witnesses for the Italic branch of the Indo-European language family. Oscan is primarily attested through a substantial number of inscriptions from Central and Southern Italy, Umbrian through one very long ritual text, the so-called Iguvine Tables. In this class we will read selections from these texts, look at the grammatical structure of both languages, and consider their relationship with Latin.

Languages & Literature Sub-Faculty Research Seminar

Dr S J Heyworth, Prof M Leigh

Lyric Poetry (Classes)

Dr F Budelmann (1-4) and Dr A D’Angour (5-6)

Week 1: Love & Desire: Archilochus 196a (in Campbell’s appendix), Sappho 31,  Anacreon 358 and 417
Week 2: Echoes of epic: Archilochus 5 and 114  (=6, 60 in Campbell),  Sappho 44, Ibycus 282=S151, Xenophanes 1.
Week 3: Cult: Alcman 1, and in English: Pindar Paean 6
Week 4: Politics: Alcaeus 6 and 129, Solon 36 (= 24 in Campbell), Theognis 39-52, and in English: Simonides’ Plataea elegy and Timotheus’ Persians (788-791).
Week 5: Horace on poetry: Odes 1.1, 1.6, 1.22, 1.28, 1.38, 3.30, 4.2.
Week 6: Catullus on poetry: C. 1, 4, 11, 16, 36, 50, 51.  

Ovid, Amores and Metamorphoses

Dr M Robinson

In this series of lectures we will be looking at the Amores and the Metamorphoses. We will begin with an examination of some key general aspects, such as the importance of genre and our preconceptions regarding the poetic ‘I’, before turning to the texts themselves. Much of the lectures will be taken up with close reading of particular key passages, to get a sense of the intricate mechanics of Ovidian poetry – the idea being that you can then apply this reading practice elsewhere and know what questions to ask of the text. We will combine this close reading with some wider perspectives, exploring the different approaches that scholars have taken towards these texts.

Week 1: Introduction to Ovid: on genre, love poetry, and the poetic ‘I’
Week 2: Amores 2.1. Superman Mr Lover Lover vs sad losers Propertius and Tibullus.
Week 3: Amores 2. Is Ovid really Superman? Ovid as lover, loser, misogynist, feminist
Week 4: Metamorphoses. Beginnings, Middles and Ends. Novetly, genre, and the return of Superman
Week 5: Metamorphoses. Newness in action: Apollo and Daphne
Week 6: Metamorphoses.  Politics and Narrative technique
Week 7: Metamorphoses. Ovid’s Aeneid and Ovidian cultural imperialism.
Week 8: Just fun and games?

Oxford - Princeton Seminar: Transformations of Culture and Cognition in Antiquity

This year’s Michaelmas Term seminar Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 (Lecture Theatre), followed by Coffee in the Common Room, and the graduate workshop in Princeton (January 2018) will explore the cultural and cognitive history of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing on continuities and transformations in fields such as religion, philosophy, science, language, the transmission of learning and paideia.

10 October: Graduates only: Identifying historical moments of cultural and cognitive transformation – the theme and its themes

17 October: Graduates only: Cultural evolution or revolution(s)? ‘New’ moments and momentums of cognitive shift?

24 October: Karolina Sekita ‘Diomedes Among the Iapygians: cultural transformations in Apulia in the 5th and 4th c. BC?’

31 October: Richard Gordon ‘Disorderly Order: claiming religious knowledge in the Graeco-Roman World’

7 November: Geoffrey Lloyd ‘Methodological Issues: where anthropology, philosophy, history and cognitive science meet’

14 November: Jan Joosten ‘Transformations of Language and Thought in the Septuagint’

21 November: Alex Mullen ‘Entangled Worlds: transformations of Gaul’

28 November: Tosca Lynch ‘Hearing Justice: the harmony of the soul and the model of the lyre in Plato’s Republic’

Research Techniques in Classical Literature

Roman History 241-146 BC

Dr J Prag

This set of eight lectures is intended primarily for those taking either the Classics FHS Roman History option paper ‘Polybius, Rome and the Mediterranean: 241 BC to 146 BC’ or the AMH prelims paper 241-146 BC, but should be of interest / relevance to any student studying the Roman Republic or Hellenistic history. The lectures will focus upon the development of Rome’s empire in the middle Republic, the relationship between Rome and Italy, and Rome and the Greek East. The provisional outline of topics is:

  1. Beginnings of Empire: Sicily, Sardinia, Illyria, 241-218 BC.
  2. Rome and Carthage to the beginning of the Hannibalic War.
  3. Rome, Italy, and Hannibal.
  4. Rome, Macedon, and ‘entering the East’.
  5. Rome and the Greeks
  6. The Attalids and other animals kings
  7. Rome, Italy and the impact of Empire
  8. Polybius, Rome, and 146 BC.

Ronald Syme Lecture: "Migration and the Metropolis: How Ancient Rome stayed great"

Prof G Woolf

Romans told many myths of their civic inclusiveness, myths repeated from Machiavelli to modern times. The growth of their capital to a city of nearly a million has been understood as dependent on migrations of different kinds. Imperial Rome is often portrayed as a cosmopolitan society in which hundreds of languages, cults and styles rubbed shoulders in cheerful chaos, microcosm of empire, orbis in urbe. Greg Woolf, in his Syme lecture, asks how much of this we can believe given what we know about the scale and nature of human mobility in the classical Mediterranean, and the structure of Roman society. Modern analogies have taken us so far, he will argue, but compared to the capitals of modern empires ancient Rome was an Alien Metropolis.

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Convenor: Professor Alison Salvesen

17 October: Jonathan Davies (Wolfson), 'Spectacle and subterfuge: Josephus on the Flavian triumph'

31 October: Jonathon Wright (St Stephen's House), 'The influence of collectors on knowledge and editing of Jewish pseudepigrapha: the case of Joseph and Aseneth'

14 November: James Nati (Yale), 'Plurality and the ontology of literature in the Serakhim, Ezra and I Esdras'

28 November: Anthony Rabin (Wolfson), 'Domitian and the Jews: hot water or hot air'

Seneca, Medea

Dr S J Heyworth, Prof T Reinhardt

Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome

Dr C Atack

These lectures are primarily intended for students taking the CAAH/Lit Hum paper ‘Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome’, but all are welcome.

The prescribed texts and materials for this paper cover a broad sweep of chronology, from disparate voices of the archaic Greek world heard in lyric poetry to the late antique stories of women in the early Christian church. The lectures aim to show how the authors of differing modern theoretical approaches have responded to this varied evidence, and how these approaches can be applied to the history of gender and sexuality, which has itself developed as a field of study that draws on theory and methodology from many disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, philosophy and literary theory. We will explore the work of major theorists such as Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, and the reshaping of ancient history by feminist scholars such as Sarah Pomeroy and Amy Richlin, in relation to the prescribed texts for the paper.

Studying this history offers the opportunity to engage in truly interdisciplinary study, to integrate contemporary theory into study of the past, and to consider how changes in the modern world have reshaped the way in which we approach the history of the classical world. The lectures will situate major theorists and their work in context, evaluate their own readings of ancient texts and their responses to ancient material culture, and explore how their ideas have been applied to the study of the ancient world by classical scholars.

Week 1: Sex, Gender, Sexuality: constructing and deconstructing concepts
Week 2: Histories of Feminisms and Classics
Week 3: Foucault and the History of Sexuality
Week 4: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory: Freud, Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva
Week 5: Bodies That Matter: Butler, phenomenology and the body
Week 6: Gendered Identities: masculinity, queer theory
Week 7: The Gendered Gaze: ways of seeing
Week 8: Women and Religion: from the Thesmophoria to the early church

Tacitus and Tiberius

Prof R Ash

These four lectures are primarily intended for those taking the Tacitus and Tiberius special subject for Mods (hence Annals 1-6 will be under the spotlight), but all are welcome. The lectures will introduce students to Tacitus' distinctive approach to writing about the history of the Julio-Claudian principate. Close attention will be paid to Tacitus' narrative techniques, including his (often provocative) organisation of the historical material, his suggestive interplay with the established traditions of Roman historiography, his characterisation of the main protagonists (and the related questions he raises about Roman identity), and his allusive and unusual use of the Latin language to bolster his interpretation of historical events. The sequence of individual lectures will run as follows:

1. Begin at the Beginning? The Prologue of the Annals and Tacitus' Vision of History.
2. Making a Drama out of a Crisis: Germanicus and the Mutinies in Annals 1.
3. Doing Things by the Book: Tacitus Annals 3 and Annalistic History.
4. Patterns and Problems: Structure and Meaning in the First Hexad of the Annals.

Tacitus and Tiberius

Dr A Gartrell

These lectures are intended particularly for those taking the special subject for Mods, but may also be of use to other students studying the Early Empire. These four lectures will explore Tiberius himself alongside significant events and individuals within this period, as well as the wider historical, political and social context.

Lectures will cover the following topics:

Lecture One: No easy road to power - Tiberius to AD 14.
Lecture Two: Tiberius at home- family life and the Senate.
Lecture Three: Tiberius abroad.
Lecture Four: Tacitus, the man, the historian and the source.