Sunday, September 6, 2009


In Roman seminar we are currently slogging our way through Tiberius, which is a bit of a let-down after the glory that was Augustus, for whom evidently there was never a dull moment. We view the political history of the Roman Empire in the 1st century through the eyes of a half-dozen contemporary historians, Tacitus chief among them, and then study those works through the eyes of a half-dozen modern historians (Syme, Scullard, Garzetti, et al.), a somewhat distinctive historiographic situation.
There is a fabulous set of drawings of the Campus Martius at

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