We had the very great pleasure to sit down with Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge to discuss his latest publication The Failure of Augustus: Essays on the Interpretation of a Paradox (2019).
Judge has a long-reaching career, accepting his first junior lectureship in the 1950s and going on accept the inaugural History Chair at Macquarie University in Sydney. Dr G and Dr Rad met as undergraduate students at Macquarie so it is our extraordinary pleasure to sit down with Judge and have the chance to chat.
Dr G (left) holding Cooley’s Res Gestae, Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge (centre), and Dr Rad (right) holding Judge’s The Failure of Augustus
In this far reaching conversation we learn about Judge’s evolving thoughts on Augustus over the course of his academic career, some of the salient connections between Augustus and Tiberius that emerge from considering Augustus’ aims, the content of the Res Gestae Divi Augusti, and consideration of Augustus in terms of failure.
Things to look forward to:
- A consideration of the importance of understanding time as a means of approaching historical interpretation
- The challenges that Tiberius faces in the wake of Augustus’ death
- The importance of the Res Gestae as a lens to Augustus’ life and career
- Key materials for approaching the subject of Augustus’ failure.
The cursus honorem of Augustus, as visualised by Edwin Judge. Used with permission of the author. This table appears on the cover of The Failure of Augustus and page 8 of the collection.
Cooley, Alison E. 2009. Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation and Commentary
Judge, E. A. 2019. The Failure of Augustus: Essays on the Interpretation of a Paradox
Lintott, Andrew W. 1999. Violence in Republican Rome
Ridley, Ronald T. 2003. The emperor’s retrospect: Augustus’ Res gestae in epigraphy, historiography and commentary
Final credits: Excerpt from ‘Ancient Arcadian Harp’ by Cormi