The first Classical Association meeting of the academic year saw Dr Peter Stewart of Wolfson College, Oxford deliver an excellent talk on the Augustan monuments of Rome. Before moving to Oxford in 2011, Dr Stewart was Reader in Classical Art and its Heritage at the Courtauld Institute. Dr Stewart’s interests lie mainly in the field of Roman sculpture about which he has written extensively. Dr Stewart focused on three monuments in particular, all of which were vital in underpinning the public image of Augustus: the Temple of Mars Ultor, the Ara Pacis Augustae and the famous Prima Porta Statue. Those studying Virgil’s Aeneid in Classical Civilisation and wishing to understand the Augustan context of the epic will have had much to ponder.