Shawn Ragan

Rome celebrates the 2000th anniversary of the death of Augustus


The city of Rome will be celebrating the 2000th anniversary of the death of the first emperor of the Roman Empire.  Augustus died on August 19th, 14 CE.  The month of August was given its name to commemorate his death.  As part of the celebration,

A restored ground floor will be unveiled at the Palatine Museum on the Palatine Hill, where Augustus made his home. A film on the emperor’s life will also be shown at the museum.

Rooms so far excavated in the House of Augustus will also be opened for the first time, while the House of Livia, which was built for Augustus’s third wife, has also been restored.

Article: Rome fetes Augustus by opening up his home

Effects of Imperialism

An interesting video on the effects of imperialism and grass-roots efforts to overcome poverty in African countries like Mali.  About 25 minutes into the video, there is an insightful exchange between Ibrahim and other cotton growers about imperialism and their perspective of current U.S. policies.  Excerpts could be useful in a World History course (e.g. UCR’s HIST 15, 1500-1900 CE).

A Dollar a Day: The Price of Cotton

Conference: The Imperial Crisis

University of Oxford
December 15th, 2014

“The objective of this interdisciplinary conference on Classical Studies is to present new insights, and fresh perspectives, on the the crisis of the third century AD. Imperial Rome was in heavy turbulence between AD235 and AD284. Political unrest, illustrated by a lack of stability and continuity in the leadership, public health issues, monetary problems, military strife, and several other concerns almost brought the empire to its knees.

“Presentations at the conference will focus either on one of these issues, or on a broader theme within the history and/or historiography of the crisis. Events and phenomena leading towards to crisis, as well measures taken by emperors after the crisis are equally welcome.

“The conference is open to contributions from academics in fields as varied as classical studies, art history, architectural history, theology, religious studies, political history, philosophy, canon law, medical history, economic history, and linguistics. Approaches transcending disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.”

CFP Imperial Crisis

CFP Imperial Crisis

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