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CALL. 31.03.2016 :The Alternative Augustan Age. First Symposium Campanum - Cuma (Italy)

In his essay on provincial perspectives in the Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus, Greg Woolf asked ‘how we might write the history differently if we did not start from Rome and the first emperor’. He proceeds to look at the geopolitical trends that were in place and continued, despite the chaos and upheavals at the center. It is harder to do when one considers contexts where Augustus’ ‘voltus adfulsit populo’ (Horace Odes 4.5) with most intensity, but this does not mean we should not try. How did aristocrats define themselves in the post-civil war era? How did families celebrate their own histories? How did law develop? Can we isolate the contributions of individuals to the history, culture and literature of their times, despite the domination of the lux Augusti over our sources and the subsequent historical record?



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Villa Vergiliana (Cuma, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney), Josiah Osgood, (Georgetown University)

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This conference, the first in the new Symposium Campanum series, will provide the opportunity to explore the Augustan Age with the focus off Augustus. We welcome papers on such topics as:

· the aspirations and achievements of important individuals and also of larger groups such as equestrians or freed slaves

· ways in which writers of law, distributers of land, authors of history and biography, and others looked backwards as well as forwards and sideways for inspiration

· dynamics of change in the city of Rome and Italy underway before the advent of Augustus that contributed to the making of the principate

· any similar or related topic.

Papers will be given at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, Italy, 13-16 October 2016. An additional day (12 October) has been allocated to visits of sites between Rome and Cuma important to the conference theme, including Augustus’ hometown of Velletri, the Mausoleum of Lucius Munatius Plancus at Gaeta, and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Formia.

Abstracts should be 300 words maximum, for 30-minute papers to be delivered in English. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2016. Abstracts should be sent to Enquiries can be sent to either of the two organizers, Kathryn Welch, University of Sydney ( and Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University (

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