The urban environment of Rome changed dramatically from the Late Republic into the Early Empire, and as such it seems likely that the spatial nature of civil violence within the city also may have been altered. This seminar describes the relationship between space and civil violence in the Late Republic and analyses what changes, if any, occurred as the Roman system transformed into the early Principate. The analysis begins with the assassination of Tiberius Gracchus and identifies two major categories of violence, political and apolitical acts, that describe the nature of violence in Rome until the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. To date, there has been no major study of the spatial character of violence in the city, or more precisely both the Romans’ own cultural understanding and the material reality of those acts as they occurred in those spaces, though Fagan (2016) is a strong foundation. This research however will contribute to our understanding of the extent to which the organisation and appearance of Rome at different time-periods affected where acts of violence occurred, when they occurred, and why.

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