It’s a new year and a new breath of fresh on the Partial Historian breeze! Oh wait, what’s that? Could it be … Coriolanus? Indeed it is! The complexities of Coriolanus’ narrative continue to build and things are about to get a little bit hairy for our man of the moment. Join Drs R and G for the ride ahead:
The holiday season is nearly upon us, dear Listeners, and what better way to celebrate than to take a little trip. In this short and sweet episode, Dr Radness asks Dr G the big question of the year – how was *that* trip to Italy? Part tavelogue, part history, all Partial Historian 🙂
The Doctors pursue the different elements coming to the fore in the 490s BCE by looking at a little more detail at the development of the position of aedile, and the significance of the fetiale priests in matters relating to war, peace, and oaths. And no episode looking at this period would be complete without more on the developing career of Coriolanus!
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After a brief sojourn into Rome on film, the Doctors return to the narrative of Rome’s history from the founding of the city! In this episode, the Doctors examine the continuing Struggle of the Orders, some of the consequences of the strife between the Plebeians and Patricians, and *drum roll please* … we catch our first glimpse of the man who will become Coriolanus. Join us as we explore the depths of the Early Republic!
Tadema was commissioned to design sets for a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ – without giving the man away – this is an imagined view of his patrician residence.
Doctors R and G continue their exploration of the history of Rome from the founding of the city. From the epic Struggle of the Orders, the Tribune of the Plebs emerges! In this episode, it turns out the First Succession is only the start of Rome’s troubles. The ongoing struggle is manifest in the Tribune of the Plebs.
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Drs R and G return and the Struggle of the Orders continues. In this episode, the struggle heats up in earnest and we follow the growing antagonism between the patricians and the plebeians. Hear it all here!
The Doctors sweep into the turn of the new fasti with a bold return to their narrative history of Rome from the founding of the city. In this episode, Drs R. and G. consider the events of 494/3 BCE and the contextual factors that culminated in the crisis/class warfare/conflict/struggle between the patricians and the plebeians.
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This special episode marks a significant moment for the Doctors. Drs R. and G. return to the topic of Vesuvius and the fateful eruption in 79 CE. In light of additional research, we’ll examine details of the volcanic eruption, consider the rhetoric at play in Pliny the Younger’s letter 6.16 to Tacitus, as well as modern findings from recent work at the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Curious about the Doctors’ first foray on the topic of Vesuvius? Check out Episode 27
Titus Livius, better known to the English-speaking world as Livy, is the figure for consideration in this episode. The Doctors take a brief detour from their exploration of the History of Rome from the Founding of the City to consider one of our chief historical narrative sources for the Regal period and the Early Republic. Livy’s life, his work, and questions of historiographical interest are all up for the discussion.
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The Doctors return, dear listeners, with a special episode on the historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus. We’ve been considering the history of Rome from the founding of the city and after some epic conflicts and battles around Rome, it seems time to consider in more detail our sources. Dr Greenfield has been reading the Antiquitates Romanae ‘The Roman History’ of Dionysius of Halicarnassus. In this episode, Doctors G and R consider our source material in a little more detail.
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Incisione raffigurante Dionigi di Alicarnasso ricavata dal Codice Ambrosiano. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org
In this episode Dr G name drops a couple of sources. If you’re interested in following these babies up, these are the details you’ll need:
Fox, M. 1993. ‘History and Rhetoric in Dionysius of Halicarnassus’ Journal of Roman Studies 83: 31-47
Gabba, E. 1991. Dionysius and The History of Archaic Rome. University of California Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles
Schwartz, E. Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft V.1.934
The Early Republic hits its first major snag. As the Rome finds herself friendless after her continual aggression throughout Italy, they begin to consider how they can guide the city with decisiveness and clarity. Enter, stage left, the dictator. Join Doctors R and G as they explore the creation of the dictator and some of the surprising details surrounding the formation of a position that seems to have quite a good deal in common with a rex.
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Well, dear listeners, Publicola has died and Rome has mourned … but wait, is that the Latins seeking an opportunity to kick Rome while she’s down? Quite, quite possibly. In this episode Doctors R and G explore the increasing tension between Rome and her Latin neighbours.
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Your Fearless Doctors take a moment to celebrate reaching lofty heights – our fiftieth episode! In this special episode, the Doctors embark upon a retrospective of one of the outstanding figures in the establishment of the Roman Republic: Publius Valerius Publicola. He has quite a significant role to play, holding a number of consulships (according to the extant accounts), and he stars in one of Plutarch’s lives. Let the doctors take you through the highs and lows from a biographical perspective.
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Hello hello, most excellent and patient listeners! The Doctors return with a brand new, particularly fine, episode delving further into the hostilities between Rome and the Sabines in the early period of the Republic. Following the action of c. 504 BCE, this episode covers the consulship of Publius Valerius Publicola (cos IV) and Titus Lucretius (cos II) as they battle for the city of Fidenae, the Sabine attack upon Rome, and the crucial differences between an ovation and a triumph.
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Not historically aligned with the content of this episode, this painting refers to the violent beginnings of the Rome. The lack of matching artwork is a hint at the duration of Roman-Sabine conflict.
The journey through Rome’s early history is potted with conflict, and you’ll no doubt be little surprised to hear, dear listener, that the Romans continue to jostle with the Sabines for control in wider Italy (and even closer to the City). Allow the Doctors to take you a winding scrawl of battles, conflicts, and rising personalities, focusing on the years c. 506-5 BCE. We discuss the challenges with the historical narratives of Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, the possibility that Rome may have been taken by Porsenna, and the lingering spectre of the Tarquinii.
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Jacques-Louis David 1799. L’intervention des Sabines
Since this painting refers to the first conflict recorded between the Sabines and the Romans, it is not strictly aligned with the chronology of Episode 48, but there are definitely Sabines and Romans at war, which nicely sums up what is happening in this period!
The Doctors head into the dangerous territory of the sixth century BCE. Junius Brutus, a key figure in the expulsion of the King Tarquinius Superbus, has been slain in battle. But the Tarquinii are down, not out. In this episode, witness the rise of Lars Porsenna and the noble deeds of Horatius Cocles!
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From the founding of the City (that would be Rome) to the downfall of the kings, Doctors R and G have reached a milestone in the history. In this episode, discover how Tarquinius Superbus attempts to hold on to power despite being exiled from Rome, how Brutus meets his end, as well as a heady discussion on topic of ‘well, what have we really learnt anyway so far?’.
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(The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons)
Drs R and G return with a consideration of the last king of Rome. As the tide of popularity turns against Superbus, what will he do? And how will the Romans respond? Follow the action here as the decline of Superbus sets in.
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Sandro Botticelli 1500-1 The Tragedy of Lucretia
As the Partial Historians delve into the world of the Flavian dynasty, it would be a travesty to skip over the natural disaster that has captured the imagination since it occurred in A.D. 79. In this special event episode, the doctors examine the eruption of Vesuvius. The volcano erupted during the reign of the emperor Titus and our understanding of it comes from both archaeological and literary evidence. Join us on this foray into ancient natural disaster …
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