Special Episode – An Interview with Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge

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).

Special Episode – An Interview with Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge

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.

Edwin Judge

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.
Augustus' cursus honorem

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.

Reading recommendations

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

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