Event—Adult Education

The House of Caesar: The Roman Emperors from Augustus to Nero


"Virgil Reading The Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia," Jean Baptiste Joseph Wicar, 1790/93. Source: The Art Institute of Chicago, Reference Number: 1963.258.

Class Description

In surveying the reigns of the Roman emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, including Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, we will treat such topics as the nature of government under the emperors, the territorial expansion and consolidation of the empire, the Pax Romana, problems with the succession, and sporadic struggles for power.

Frank Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in History at Loyola University Chicago and has taught seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List

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  • Tom Holland, Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. Anchor Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-0345806727

First Reading

  • Chapters one and two of Tom Holland, Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar.

Cost and Registration

5 Sessions, $255 ($229 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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