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August event - information on "Judging Augustus"

Judging Augustus

Where: Y3A T1, Macquarie University
When: Tuesday 19 August 2014  
Time: 7:05 - 8:30 pm
Light Refreshments served upon arrival. 

What type of man was Augustus? Assessments vary - in the extreme. On August 19th, the Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC) and the Macquarie Ancient History Association (MAHA) will come together to contemplate this question.

Macquarie at Fifty and Augustus at 2000. A Debate on the Merits of Augustus and a celebration of the Discipline of Ancient History at Macquarie. August 19th, 2014 marks the bimillenium of the death of Augustus Caesar, often labelled Rome's first emperor. Augustus also happens to be one of the principal research interests of Professor Emeritus Edwin Judge, the Founding Father of Ancient History at Macquarie University. The first lecture in Ancient History delivered at the University was Edwin Judge's inaugural lecture in "Augustan Rome".  We shall open with an observation of the contested images of Augustus, and then scholars will debate, in the time-honoured tradition of History, the merits of the man. The merits of Ancient History at Macquarie will be celebrated - without debate!


  • Associate Professor Tom Hillard, 'Anniversaries, Ancient & Modern'
  • Dr Peter Keegan, 'Augustus on the Big and Little Screen'
  • Dr Rosalinde Kearsley 'The Achievements of Augustus'
  • Associate Professor Kathryn Welch, 'Deconstructing Octavian'
  • Mr Ian Grady, 'Augustus@Macquarie'

To be followed (time permitting) by Q&A. This Event is Free. A formal RSVP is not required but we would be grateful if you go to the MQ Events
Or copy the following address into your brwoser address line 

and register your expectation of attendance. This will assist with catering. Thank You. Please Note: Parking fees apply until 8:00 pm   

Further information on this event is available from the information for circulation document.  (PDF 119KB)

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Financial members have been sent an email with this link on 11 June 2014. Paper version will be sent some time later in June.

SSEC: Membership - Due now

Annual Membership Fees 

Note: Fees have not increased for approximately 20 years.

Annual Membership is payable in March annually.   SSEC Membership gives a discount at the SSEC Activities and a Newsletter is forwarded three times a year. 

A Yellow (or pink or green) renewal form will be posted with the March & June copy of the Newsletter annually. 

If you would like to become a new member of the society (or if you would like to renew) then print out a membership form in PDF format (PDF 68KB) . 

Table 1: SSEC Membership Fee Structure
  Category Price p.a.
SSEC Annual Membership Fees
  Ordinary Members AUD $30
  Family Rate AUD $35


(Pension not senior, or full-time student)

AUD $15
The SSEC office is only open on a part time basis, and manned by volunteers.




Disclaimer. SSEC Newsletter Editors' Note: "The Society takes no position on the intellectual content of papers and articles."
"The unique emphasis of our Society is one of history. The study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco Roman Setting." Prof Alanna Nobbs has asked for this disclaimer to be added to all SSEC correspondence eg SSEC eNewsletters, SSEC website & SSEC facebook etc.


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