This seminar will discuss important points related to Caesar's dictatorship and to the struggle for power that occurred after his death.  A new interpretation will be offered for Caesar's supposed sensitivity about his baldness that will connect it to the political invective against him and the common belief that he suffered from epilepsy.  It will be argued that M. Antonius and Caesar shared closer personal links than have previously been appreciated and that Antonius may have been Caesar's intended heir, not Octavian.  Apollo has been stated as a family god of the Caesars but this is incorrect.  Alternative reasons will be offered for Octavian's choice of Apollo as his patron god.  

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at