One of the most fascinating periods in Roman history involves the first century of rule by the Roman Emperors. This series of three one-hour lectures will investigate the origins of the office of emperor in the actions of Augustus, grand-nephew of Julius Caesar, and how the emperorship fared under his successors from the Julio-Claudian family, including Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula, and Nero.
Part I: This lecture concentrates on the remarkable series of events that begin with the assassination of Julius Caesar and culminate in the improbable rise of his grand-nephew Octavian to become Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome.
Part 2: The focus in this lecture will be on Augustus' emperorship, his extraordinary political skills, and the thorny problem of how to prepare for the successful succession of the next emperor, with attention to the succession of Tiberius and Claudius.
Part 3: More details coming soon.