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  • The Alternative Augustan Age Symposium[4 July 2016]

    First Symposium Campanum
    Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy
    12–16 October 2016

    In his essay on provincial perspectives in the Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus, Greg Woolf asked ‘how we might write the history differently if we did not start from Rome and the first emperor’. He proceeds to look at the geopolitical trends that were in place and continued, despite the chaos and upheavals at the center. It is harder to do when one considers contexts where Augustus’ ‘voltus adfulsit populo’ (Horace Odes 4.5) with most intensity, but this does not mean we should not try. How did aristocrats define themselves in the post-civil war era?  How did families celebrate their own histories?  How did law develop? Can we isolate the contributions of individuals to the history of their times despite the domination of the lux Augusti over our sources and the subsequent historical record?

    This conference, the first in the new Symposium Campanum series, will provide the opportunity to explore the Augustan Age with the focus off Augustus. Click here for conference site.