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  1. Penelope J. Goodman, University of Leeds www.weavingsandunpickings.wordpress.com 2000 years of Augustus: the view from Leeds Augustus The ‘Prima Porta’ statue Leeds Drawing of a personification on the Town Hall

  2. Students at work, conducting the survey

  3. Clip-boards full of answer-sheets

  4. Question 1 We would like to find out which Roman emperors people are most familiar with. If I ask you to name a Roman emperor, what is the first name that comes to mind?

  5. Results for question 1 – name a Roman emperor

  6. Julius Caesar Augustus

  7. Results for question 1 – name a Roman emperor

  8. Results for question 1 – name a Roman emperor

  9. Appearances on the Internet Movie Database

  10. Survey results for Q1 IMDb appearances

  11. Ciarán Hinds in HBO’s Rome Rex Harrison in Cleopatra (1963)

  12. Caesar’s sticky end: the assassination on the Ides of March HBO’s Rome Cleopatra (1963)

  13. Portrayals of the young Augustus (at that time still called Octavian) on his rise to power Simon Woods in HBO’s Rome Roddy McDowall in Cleopatra (1963)

  14. Siân Phillips and Brian Blessed in I Claudius (1976) CLAUDIUS (in voice-over): If Augustus ruled the world, Livia ruled Augustus

  15. Appearances by the same emperors on the Internet Movie Database

  16. Survey results for Q1 IMDb appearances

  17. The clipeus virtutis (shield of virtues) Augustus, Res Gestae 34: ‘A Golden Shield was set up in the senate house, which, as the inscription on this Shield testifies, was given to me by the Senate and People of Rome in recognition of my virtue, clemency, justice, and piety.’ A surviving marble copy of the shield from Arles (southern Gaul)

  18. Q5 – select five words which you most associate with Augustus

  19. Portrayals of the young Augustus (at that time still called Octavian) on his rise to power Simon Woods in HBO’s Rome Roddy McDowall in Cleopatra (1963)

  20. Q5 – overall impression

  21. Augustus the contradiction Seneca the Younger (AD 56), On Clemency 1.11.1 – ‘So his conduct was restrained and merciful? Of course it was! But only after the seas of Actium had been stained with Roman blood.’ The Emperor Julian (AD 361), The Caesars 309a – ‘Octavianus [i.e. Augustus] entered, changing colour continually, like a chameleon, turning now pale, now red. One moment his expression was gloomy, sombre, and overcast, the next he unbent and showed all the charms of Aphrodite and the Graces’ Karl Galinsky (1996), Augustan Culture, p. 370 – ‘The age of Augustus seems rife with contradictions. Octavian’s rise to power had been accompanied by a bloodbath and a ruthlessness that appalled even contemporaries… The rule of the princeps [emperor] was altogether different. It was based on respect for law and precedent.’ Barbara Levick (2010), Image and Substance, p. 8 – ‘We are dealing not so much with contradictory traditions as the tradition of a contradiction.’

  22. Results for question 4 – how / where did you hear of Octavian / Augustus?