JACT / University of Manchester Ancient History INSET

Augustus and his bimillennium: making the most of 2014

 Saturday 16th November 2013
Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

As part of the Commemorating Augustus project we are pleased to offer this one-day INSET (IN-SErvice Training) event on teaching Augustus in the classroom

The day is aimed at established, new and prospective teachers of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation. It is designed to support those who already teach or would like to teach Augustan topics in the classroom: both historical and literary. It also looks ahead to the bimillennium of Augustus’ death in 2014, offering tips on how to get the most out of this occasion in a school setting.

Interactive workshop sessions will focus on working with historical primary sources and on the relationship between Augustus and the poets. Two plenary lectures will also offer insights into current research on Augustus. Dr. Penny Goodman (University of Leeds) will talk about Augustus’ coming bimillennium, while Dr. Alison Cooley (University of Warwick) will talk about her recent work on the Res Gestae Divi Augusti.

The event is FREE to attend, but participants should register their attendance on Eventbrite.

Two options are available for lunch:

  1. A buffet selection (including vegetarian and vegan options) available at the venue for a cost of £10, payable on the day.
  2. Local cafes and sandwich outlets.

You will be asked to indicate which you think you will prefer when you register your attendance with Eventbrite, so that we can plan approximate numbers for the buffet. However, this does not commit you to either option – you can still choose either way on the day.


10.00-10.30 – Coffee and Welcome (North Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building).

10.30-11.30 – Plenary Talk (Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre): Commemorating Augustus’ bimillennium. (Penny Goodman, University of Leeds)

11:30-12:15 – Parallel Sessions (select one)

  • Workshop 1a (A 202): Coinage (Clare Rowan, University of Warwick)
  • Workshop 1b (A 214): Augustus and the poets (Beverley Scott, University of Leeds)

12:15-13:15 – Break for lunch.

13:15-14:15 – Plenary Talk (Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre): The Res Gestae Divi Augusti (Alison Cooley, University of Warwick)

14:15-14:45 – Afternoon break.

14:45-15:30 – Parallel Sessions (select one)

  • Workshop 2a (A 202): Suetonius (Sarah Holliday, Aylesbury Grammar School and Nina Wallace, Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke)
  • Workshop 2b (A 214): Horace, Virgil and Actium (Peter Reason, Gower College, Swansea).

15:30-16.15 – Parallel Sessions (select one)

  • Workshop 3a (A 202): Augustus the contradiction (James Harrison, Bootham School York)
  • Workshop 3b (A 214): Responding to Augustus’ legacy: the example of Nero (Shushma Malik, University of Manchester)

16.15 – Departure.

You can choose which of the parallel sessions to attend on the day.