Programme & Abstracts

The conference at a glance

  • Monday 18th August – registration and check-in opens at 12 noon; conference opens at 14:00 and closes at 18:30; sandwich lunch 13:00-14:00; Dinner 19:00
  • Tuesday 19th August – conference opens at 09:00 and closes at 18:00; Conference Dinner 19:30
  • Wednesday 20th August – conference opens 09:00 and closes 17:30. There will be an opportunity for interested delegates to join an informal post-conference evening meal.
  • Programme
  • Abstracts



The programme is available in the table below, or as a pdf download. Any updates to the individual sessions within the programme will be published here.

Download the latest programme (Programme 06 August) with rooms and Chairs.

Monday August 18th

12:00-14:00 Registration; sandwich lunch available from 13:00
14:00-14:30 Conference opening
14:30-16:00 1) End of an era: the final days and death of Augustus
Mary Harlow (Leicester) and Ray Laurence (University of Kent) – Augustus and Old Age
Alison Cooley (Warwick) – The last days of Augustus
Valerie Hope (Open University) – Grieving for Augustus: emotion and control in Roman imperial mourning ritual
16:00-16:30 Refreshment break
16.30-18.30 2a) Becoming a god 2b) Historiography and scholarship
This panel will start at 17:00 to enable the last speaker to join us for questions by Skype. Peter Wiseman (University of Exeter) – Missing the essentials: How we get Augustus wrong
Lya Serignolli (University of São Paulo) – Liber, Augustus, and Tiberius Maggie L. Popkin (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio) – The Parthian Arch of Augustus and its Legacy: Memory Manipulation in Imperial Rome and Modern Scholarship
Dario Calomino (British Museum, London) – Emperor or god? The commemoration of Augustus in the coinage of the Provinces Pawel Madejski (MCSU, Lublin) – Pax in the Augustan policy: between myths of historiography and the evidence
 Kelly Shannon (University of Alabama) – Temples and Memory: Augustus’ Deification and Tiberius’ Reputation in Tacitus’ Annals Marco Romani Mistretta (Harvard University) – National Marxism: Gramsci’s Augustan Rome and its Legacy in Italian Historiography

Tuesday August 19th

09:00-10:30 3a) The Tiberian response 3b) Text and persuasion
Penelope Davies (University of Texas at Austin) – Tiberius, Primus Supra Pares: Augustus Legacy And The Built City Greg Rowe (University of Victoria, Canada) – From Greece to Rome and Back Again: the Res Gestae in Provincial Context
Lovisa Brännstedt (Lund) – Femina Princeps? The response to Livia’s adoption into the Julian family Daniel Sarefield (Fitchburg) – Book Burning After Augustus
Marius Gerhardt (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) – Augustus in the age of Tiberius: the case of Velleius Paterculus Kathleen Lamp (Arizona State University) – Augustus in the Rhetorical Tradition
10:30-11:00 Refreshment break
11:00-13:00 4a) Neronians to Flavians 4b) Monuments and architecture
Steven Green (UCL/Yale NUS College) – Seneca’s Augustus: Fashioning a Protean Model for a Young Prince Margaret L. Woodhull (Denver, Colorado) – Architecture and Female Agency in Post-Augustan Rome: Agrippina the Younger’s Temple for Deified Claudius and the Demise of Imperial Women Building Rome
Liz Gloyn (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Fathers, be good to your daughters: Seneca, Augustus and familial ethics Thea Ravasi (Newcastle University) – Imperial residences from Augustus to Hadrian: architectural planning and sculptural display
Lauren Ginsberg (Cincinnati) – Remembering Nero’s Augustan model in the Octavia Susan Sorek (Open University) – He Who the Sun has Chosen: Augustus and the obelisks in Rome
Victoria Gyori (KCL) – Flavian responses to Octavianic/Augustan coinage Rubén García Rubio (University of Rome Tre and Valladolid) – The Forum of Augustus vs Yale University Art Gallery of Louis I. Kahn
13:00-14:00 Buffet lunch
14:00-16:00 5a) Late antiquity 5b) Tacitus, Suetonius and Augustus
Shaun Tougher (Cardiff, UK) – Julian Augustus on Augustus: a view from late antiquity Alice Hu (University of Pennsylvania) – Tacitus’ Philippics: Tiberius, Augustan precedent, and literary memory
Jill Mitchell (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David) – Symmachus composes a panegyric for Augustus: an appreciation of Imperial panegyric in the late fourth century and its relationship to the oratory of the Augustan age Aske Damtoft Poulsen (Lund University, Sweden) – Conflicting reports? Three accounts of Augustus’ involvement in the civil wars
Frances Foster (Cambridge) – Praising Augustus through his Ancestors: Servius on Representations of Augustus in Virgil Trevor Luke (Florida State University) – A Gift for the Princeps: Suetonius on Augustus Final Journey
Michael Sloan (Wake Forest University, North Carolina) – Augustus: The Harbinger of Peace (Orosius’ reception of Augustus in Historiae Adversus Paganos) Patrick Cook (Cambridge) – Embodying the Legacy of Augustus
16:00-16:30 Refreshment break
16:30-18:00 6a) Byzantine politics and literature 6b) The power of images
Birgitta Hoffmann (Roman GASK Project) – Belisarius’ triumph and Justinian’s Equestrian statue – Justinian as a new Augustus? Matteo Cadario (Università degli Studi di Milano) – The image of Nero and Augustan legacy
Kosta Simic (Brisbane) – The Byzantine Augustus: Examples from Chronicles – Homiletics and Hymnography Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Augustus and the Ara Coeli Legend in Northern Renaissance Art
Elizabeth Fisher (George Washington University, Washington DC) – The “Essential” Augustus in the Excerpta of Constantine Porphyrogenitus Nicole Berlin (Johns Hopkins University) – Augustus as Propaganda: The Case of the Vatican Gallery of Maps
18:30 Pre-Dinner Drinks reception
19:30 Commemorative dinner

Wednesday August 20th

09:00-10:30 7a) Augustus in the novel 7b) Bridging the gap: towards the Middle Ages
Martin Lindner (University of Göttingen, Germany) – In Search of a German Princeps: Günther Birkenfeld and his Augustus novels (1934-1962) Joseph Geiger (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – The First Emperor
Ayelet Peer – Letters to Augustus: John Williams’ portrayal of the princeps in his novel Augustus Carey Fleiner (University of Winchester) – The Augustan shaping of imperial education and its legacy in ancient and medieval historians
Juliette Harrisson (Newman University)I, Claudius Augustus in text and on screen Jürgen Strothmann (Siegen) – Augustus and the new Roman emperor in the West. The case of the Carolingian views on Augustus
10:30-11:00 Refreshment break
11:00-13:00 8a) Augustus between the wars 8b) Virgil, Ovid and their successors
Penelope Goodman (University of Leeds) – Beyond Italy: the 1938 bimillennium as a global phenomenon Rachel Thomas (University of Oxford: Merton College) – “He’s not dead yet!”: the Living Memory of Augustus in Virgil and Ovid
Fabio Cavallero (Rome ‘La Sapienza’) – Augustus and Mussolini: city planning and architecture. An effective use of power for the creation of a new cultural and communicative memory. Giampiero Scafoglio (Seconda Università di Napoli) – Augustus in Dante’s Thought and Works
James Chlup (University of Manitoba) – The Proconsul and the Emperor: John Buchan’s Augustus Bobby Xinyue (UCL) – Augustus in Book 8 of Morisot’s Fasti
Phyllis Brighouse (University of Liverpool, UK) – The Influence of John Buchan’s Calvinism on his reception of Augustus Paul Hammond (University of Leeds) – Dryden’s Virgilian Kings
13:00-14:00 Buffet lunch
14:00-16:00 9a) Augustus on screen 9b) The 21st-century Augustus
Melissa Beattie (TFTS, Aberystwyth University) and Amanda Potter (Open University)Res Gestae per Televisionem Nuntio Divi Augusti: Octavian and Rome  Anna Clareborn (Swedish Institute in Rome/Uppsala University)Augusto Reframed: Exhibiting Augustus in Bimillennial Rome
Jess Anderson (University of Leeds) – Augustus’ adventures beyond history: ahistorical screen treatments Chloe Bent (UCL) – Engaging with Augustus in the 21st Century: A biographical analysis of Rome’s northern Campus Martius
Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool) – Life through a lens: Augustus and the politics of the past in television documentaries today Eleanor OKell (University of Leeds) – What does it mean to be an Augustus today? A comparative online perspective
15:30-16:15 Refreshment break
16:15-17:15 10) Karl Galinsky (The University of Texas at Austin): Augustus in 2014



The abstracts will be included in the conference booklet chronologically by session (in Panel Order) for ease of comparison. Other orders will only be available for download (pdf download) from this site, see below.

Conference Abstracts – Chronologically By Panel (Panel Order) (August pdf download – 490kB)

Conference Abstracts – Alphabetically By Panel Title  (August pdf download – 487kB)

Conference Abstracts – Alphabetically By Speaker Surname (August pdf download – 499kB)

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