Augustus from a Distance
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Augustus from a Distance

A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney

29 September to 2 October 2014


Registrations close on Friday 29 August 2014

After that date, however, it will still possible to book a place for the Todd Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Karl Galinsky at 6pm on 30 September in the Eastern Avenue Auditorium. Please RSVP to Ms Elia Mamprin ( by 22 September if you wish to attend this event.

Professor Galinsky’s visit has been made possible by the generous financial assistance of the Sydney Latin Summer School.

We are also happy to invite you (at no charge) to the three papers given by our other keynote speakers, Nicholas Purcell, Barbara Kellum and Maria Dettenhofer. Details of their presentations are as follows:

  • Nicholas Purcell, Augustus between public and private, 5-6pm Monday 29 September, Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney

  • Barbara Kellum, Winning Hearts and Minds: Augustan Visual Strategies, 5-6pm Wednesday 1 October, Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney

  • Maria Dettenhofer, Augustus and the Senate, 12.10-1pm Thursday 2 October, Oriental Studies Room (please note that the session begins at 11.30 and you might consider also attending Tom Hillard's paper to minimise disruption).

The visits of these scholars have been funded by a generous grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

If you would like to attend these papers but cannot attend the conference, could you RSVP to any time before 29 September.


Augustus from a Distance

Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.

Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Nicholas Purcell and Professor Barbara Kellum. Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.

The venue: The conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia on the main campus of the University of Sydney (


Conference sponsors

The Ian Potter Foundation

Latin Summer School
Sydney Latin Summer School

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies

University of Sydney
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry