It seems ultimately fitting that the Queensland 'Vespasian 2000' conference should end with a positive assessment of the founder of the Flavian dynasty
at the university which employed two of that dynasty's most devoted researchers--Brian Jones and Bob Milns.
The Michael O'Brien-trained mare Flavian Dynasty
proved her current well-being when landing a flat maiden at Downpatrick last week and might make a successful return to hurdling in the Tipperary Hurdle.
5.27-38) modern scholars have seen Dio as a confidant of the Flavian dynasty:(1) amicus to Vespasian, possibly a special envoy of Vespasian to the Grek east,(2) amicus to Titus, and friend and adviser to a minor member of the house T.
Dio does not appear to have been a confidant of the Flavian dynasty. No evidence can be adduced which supports the modern orthodoxies that Dio was amicus to Vespasian, let alone Vespasian's `special envoy to the east', or to Titus, or that the patron whose fall caused his exile was a minor member of the dynasty T.
The passage at iv.4-5 therefore envisages ten Roman emperors resurrected and standing before the judgement throne - the three persecutors of the Flavian dynasty
will then be humbled at one blow by Nero Redivivus who will then be subdued by the returning Jesus.
In taking up history Tacitus joined the line of succession of those who described and interpreted their own period, and he covered the story from the political situation that followed Nero's death to the close of the Flavian dynasty
. The Historiae (Histories ) began on Jan.
Suetonius begins the final book of his De vita Caesarum, in which were covered the lives of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian, with a ringing endorsement of the Flavian dynasty
: the principates of Galba, Otho and Vitellius are characterised baldly with the very first word of the Book as rebellio, a negative assessment which is underlined by caedes.
Josephus wrote under the patronage of the Flavian dynasty
of Roman emperors, and apparently all that he wrote was stored in the imperial library in Rome.
Michael O'Brien saddled first and second home in the juvenile hurdle as 10/1 shot Essex, a third winner as stable-jockey for Davy Russell, outpointed 14/1 stable-companion Flavian Dynasty
, with disappointing even-money favourite Quel Doun third.
There are strong reasons to believe, therefore, that the prooemium of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica was written under the principate of Vespasian but with a deliberate emphasis on the continuance of the Flavian dynasty in the person of Titus and possibly also Domitian.
Likewise, the invocation and dedication marks the beginning of a new era: the Julio-Claudian dynasty had now given way to the Flavian dynasty. In his summary of the purpose of the voyage, Valerius conspicuously omits any mention of the golden fleece.
The symbolism within the Argonautica concerns, I believe, the succession of the Flavian dynasty after the demise of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
We noted earlier that the fundamental theme on this level of meaning was the succession of the Flavian dynasty and that this symbolic theme bore some relation to the secondary theme of the epic, the succession of powers leading to the establishment of the Roman Empire.