I, Augustus

“I transferred the Republic from my power to the control of the Senate and the People of Rome.” Was there more to Augustus’ claim than mere propaganda? He concept of “Republica restituta” has been much disputed, both at the time that Augustus coined the phrase, up until the modern day. Within this question there are…

Scratching the surface with Tacitus

Tacitus has one message: look beneath the surface. Discuss with reference to Annals 1 It is no secret that the Annals written by Tacitus were at least to some extent a criticism of the new regime that was instituted by Augustus, this is clear from the first chapters of the first book of the Annals.…

Persuasiveness- Plato, Pseudo-Xenophon, Herodotus

Whatever purpose for which one is writing, and for every text that has been produced, one aspect of the writing never changes, and that is the necessity to be persuaded. Whether it is in convincing the readers that your version of a history is more correct, or whether the philosophical argument that you are trying…

Clash of the Heras

Comparing the Heraion at Olympia and the Temple of Hera One at Paestum The pan-Hellenic site of Olympia and the town of Paestum are both multi-temple sites. The former contains two and the latter, three huge temples. This demonstrates that a lot of money went towards these temples. However, although these two temples were both…

A look at TAcitus’ Annals 1.10

This particular chapter in Annals of Tacitus is very interesting, especially because it is largely made up of a speech placed in the mouth of anonymous crowds, introduced by “dicebantur contra” in which Tacitus proposes an alternative view of the events leading to the ascension of Augustus to the imperial purple. There also certain themes…

Why build the Parthenon?

What motivated the building of the Parthenon? The Parthenon has long been an object of observation and admiration but also one of indifference and even contempt. It has been described as “so large… so strong… so triumphant” by Virginia Woolf, and yet Pausanias, on his many travels, writes that on his trip to Athens he…

How to… Build a temple

What considerations does an architect have to take into account when planning a temple? A building as important or as big as a temple must have been a huge undertaking especially in Ancient Greece due to the fact that a lot of money was spent on buildings, as well as their significance within a deeply…