Dr Tom Stevenson

Senior Lecturer

School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
t.stevenson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53143

Overview

Dr Tom Stevenson’s research interests include Roman politics and political ideology of the late Republic and early Empire, the careers of Cicero and Caesar, the first two centuries of emperor worship at Rome

His current research projects include a book on the history and significance of the idea of the Roman emperor as Pater Patriae (Father of the Fatherland), and an edited collection of conference papers on the ancient Olympic Games.

He is a member of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS).

Research Interests

  • Social and Political Relationships, Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome
    In general Dr Stevenson is interested in social and political relationships, especially in the world of late republican and early imperial Rome. He is attracted to art as something that is generated by, and generative of, human relationships, and tries to teach it as a social phenomenon rather than a matter of aesthetics or of developments in style. He has a particular interest in the presentation of individual power, and reactions to it, in the Roman world from c. 264 BC - AD 14, viz. the Middle and Late Republics and the Age of Augustus. In particular, he is investigating the application of the father analogy to political and military figures at Rome and wants to argue that this was in part a product of the way in which the relationship between the ideal benefactor and ideal beneficiaries was used to modify a variety of political, religious and other relationships during my chosen period.

Research Impacts

Dr. Stevenson is concerned to highlight ideas and models from ancient history which continue to influence life today, both for good and for ill. He emphasizes the ongoing influence of Roman political ideas and statesmen, and the extraordinary impact of the ancient Olympic Games. These aspects of ancient life need to be understood in their original contexts, so that we can judge their applicability to modern times and use them to best advantage today.

The close analysis of modern films set in the ancient world is another way in which he demonstrates how the ancient past is used for present purposes, both positive and negative. The ancient world needs to be thoroughly understood, in order to prevent unfair or even dangerous manipulation of past conditions in the service of questionable agendas of various types (e.g. political, religious, social) today.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Dip Ed, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Economics, The University of Sydney

Publications

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Patria potestas. In Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine and Sabine R. Huebner (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (pp. 5085-5086) Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444338386

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Reverberations of empire: Cicero, Caesar and the post-Sulan empire. In Dexter Hoyos (Ed.), A Companion to Roman Imperialism (pp. 181-193) Netherlands: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004236462

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Scipio Aemilianus (Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Numantinus). In Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine and Sabine R. Huebner (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (pp. 6076-6078) Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444338386

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Patria potestas. In Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine and Sabine R. Huebner (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (pp. 5085-5086) Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444338386

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Reverberations of empire: Cicero, Caesar and the post-Sulan empire. In Dexter Hoyos (Ed.), A Companion to Roman Imperialism (pp. 181-193) Netherlands: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004236462

  • Stevenson, Tom (2013). Scipio Aemilianus (Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Numantinus). In Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine and Sabine R. Huebner (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (pp. 6076-6078) Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444338386

  • McWilliam, Janette, Puttock, Sonia, Stevenson, Tom and Taraporewalla, Rashna (2011). Introduction. In The statue of Zeus at Olympia: New approaches (pp. 1-8) Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Stevenson, Tom (2011). The fate of the statue of Zeus at Olympia. In Janette McWilliam, Sonia Puttock, Tom Stevenson and Rashna Taraporewalla (Ed.), The statue of Zeus at Olympia: New approaches (pp. 155-171) Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Stevenson, T. (2009). 'Visual Images of Augustus'. In Res romanae : Essays on Roman history 1st ed. (pp. 153-180) Sydney: Macquarie Ancient History Association.

  • Stevenson, Thomas Reginald (2009). Julius Caesar. In Robert Clark (Ed.), The literary encyclopedia () [United Kingdom]: The Literary Dictionary Company.

  • Stevenson, Thomas Reginald (2009). Julius Caesar: Commentarii de Bello Civili [Commentaries on the Civil War]. In Robert Clark (Ed.), The literary encyclopedia (pp. 1) [London], U.K.: Literary Dictionary.

  • Stevenson, Thomas Reginald (2009). Julius Caesar: Commentarii de Bello Gallico [Commentaries on the Gallic War]. In Robert Clark (Ed.), The literary encyclopedia (pp. 1) [London], U.K.: Literary Dictionary.

  • Stevenson, Thomas R. and Wilson, Marcus (2008). Cicero’s Philippics: History, rhetoric and ideology. In Thomas R. Stevenson and Marcus Wilson (Ed.), Cicero's Philippics: History, rhetoric and ideology (pp. 1-21) Auckland, New Zealand: Polygraphia Ltd.

  • Stevenson, Thomas R. (2008). Tyrants, kings and fathers in the Philippics. In Thomas R. Stevenson and Marcus Wilson (Ed.), Cicero's Philippics: History, rhetoric and ideology (pp. 95-113) Auckland, New Zealand: Polygraphia.

  • Stevenson, Tom (2003). The Parthenon Frieze as an Idealised, Contemporary Panathenaic Festival. In Phillips, David and Pritchard, David (Ed.), Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World (pp. 233-280) Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Stevenson, Tom (2012). Milo of Croton: επτάκι[ς]?. In: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, ASCS 33 Selected Proceedings (2012). The 33rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Melbourne, Australia, (1-11). 5-9 February 2012.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision