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Augustus: A Prototype for Tyranny?

A ruthlessly ambitious individual uses every tool available to him to legally dismantle the political system he is supposed to serve. He uses a vast web of propaganda to convince the people that his safeguarding of the state is in their interests and he will provide them with food, safe jobs and glory. He controls the army and neutralizes any opposition to his control. Who is this leader? Where is this taking place? Syria? Turkey? Nazi Germany? Rome in the 1st Century BC.

Discover how Octavian Caesar hijacked and overthrew the Roman Republic and how, as Augustus – Rome’s first emperor – his regime would provide a blueprint for 20th and 21st century tyrants.

The speaker, Peter Wright, has been a Classics tutor for over 11 years at Blackpool Sixth Form College and is the 2015 recipient of the TES Further Education Teacher of the Year Award. His specialist interests include the collapse of the Roman Republic, the Julio-Claudian emperors, and Periclean Athens in the 5th century BC. He also co-ordinates the Blackpool hub of Classics for All, overseeing Latin instruction in 4 local primary schools and classical literature and history in 3 local high schools. Peter has a YouTube channel, a blog and can also be found on Twitter.

Event details

The talk takes place from 7pm-8pm on 8th June in the first-floor function room at the historic Raikes Hall pub, Liverpool Road, Blackpool FY1 4HE (map below). The function room is kindly made available to us by the pub and Trust Inns. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar on the ground floor.