Augustus

New Course: Augustus Through Coins

Key information:

Name: Augustus Through Coins

Tutor: Professor Kevin Butcher (Professor of Classics at the University of Warwick)

Number of Modules: 13

Module List:

  1. Coins as History
  2. How Coins Were Made
  3. The Roman Monetary System
  4. Who Made the Decisions?
  5. The Rise of Octavian
  6. Before and After Actium
  7. Augustus and the Republic
  8. Augustus’ Honours
  9. The Imperial Cult
  10. Augustus and Religion
  11. The Ludi Saeculares
  12. Foreign Conquests
  13. The Succession

Description:

In this course, Professor Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick) looks at the reign of Augustus through the evidence of coins. The first part of course provides a general introduction to numismatics—what do coins tell us about the past?—as well as the Roman monetary system—who produced coins in Ancient Rome? what were they made of? what denominations were there?

In the second half of the course, we focus on the Emperor Augustus, thinking in particular about how he uses coinage to present a certain image of himself to the Roman people—the rightful son and heir of Julius Caesar, the man who saved the Republic, the recipient of several civic honours, the man who rebuilt Rome, and so on. We also think about other people that appear Augustus’ coins—his colleague and later son-in-law, Marcus Agrippa, and his potential successors, Gaius and Lucius Caesar, and Tiberius.
Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option D (Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit AH2 (Roman History from original sources), Option 2 (Augustus and the Principate)

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New Course: Augustus and the City of Rome

Name: Augustus and the City of Rome

Tutor: Dr Matthew Nicholls (Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading)

Number of Modules: 7

Module List:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Ara Pacis
  3. The Forum Romanum
  4. The Forum Augustum
  5. The Mausoleum of Augustus
  6. Entertainment Architecture
  7. Conclusion

Description:

Before the Emperor Augustus died in 14 AD, he boasted that he had found Rome a city of brick, but left it a city of marble. In this course, Dr Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading) explores Augustus’ rebuilding of the city of Rome through his award-winning digital model of the city. After a brief introduction to Augustus’ rise to power and his building programme as a whole, we turn to individual monuments, including the Ara Pacis, The Forum Romanum, The Forum Augustum, The Mausoleum of Augustus, and the various leisure and entertainment buildings that were constructed in the Campus Martius.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option D (Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit AH2 (Roman History from original sources), Option 2 (Augustus and the Principate)