The Damned Despot: Rethinking Domitian and the Flavian World


British School at Rome
Via Antonio Gramsci 61
00197 Roma

KNIR – Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome
Via Omero 10/12
00197 Roma

Data evento
18 Gennaio 2023 - 20 Gennaio 2023

In this conference, we aim to build on recent studies of Domitian and his reign, shedding light on this elusive emperor, whose memory has been largely forgotten, but whose impact on Rome’s cityscape is still visible to this day and whose influence on the later development of the Roman Empire cannot be ignored. We would welcome papers from all areas of research (historical, archaeological, literary and cultural studies etc.) that focus on different aspects of Domitian’s reign. By taking in consideration different aspects of Domitian’s world, we hope to be able to ignite a broader discussion on this historical figure and paint a more comprehensive picture of his reign and his times.

The conference takes place concurrently with the exhibition Domiziano Imperatore. Odio e Amore (13 July 2022-29 January 2023) on show at the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli, and follows the exhibition Emperor Domitian. God on Earth/Keizer Domitianus. God op aarde at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (17 December 2021-22 May 2022).  

Co-organizers (in alphabetical order): Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Emma Buckley, University of St. Andrews; Nathalie de Haan, Radboud University Nijmegen; Eric Moormann Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen; Aurora Raimondi Cominesi, Newcastle University; Claire Stocks, Newcastle University.