Congratulations to David Rafferty, the winner of the University of Melbourne SHAPS Fellows’ Annual History Prize for 2012. David has been awarded this prize for this article, ‘Princeps Senatus’, that is published in the Melbourne Historical Journal 2011, Special Issue no. 2: ‘Cultural (Re)Constructions’, pp. 1-22.
The Fellows’ Group annual History Essay Prize was inaugurated in 2011 to honour distinguished achievement in history by post-graduate students of the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne. The primary focus for the Prize is the promotion of excellence in the interpretation of history through a published source.
David Rafferty’s article argues that the office of the princeps senatus was not abolished officially in 86 BCE as is commonly held, but continued on after Sulla’s dictatorship. At the launch of Cultural (Re)Constructions, David Konstan said of David Rafferty’s article, ‘What Rafferty shows is that history can be personal, and we need to look at how people interact, not just how institutions come and go’.
The Amphora Issue Editorial Collective warmly congratulates David Rafferty on his achievement.
David Konstan’s full address at the launch of Cultural (Re)Constructions is published with permission and can be viewed here.
Further details of the Melbourne Historical Journal 2011, Special Issue no. 2: ‘Cultural (Re)Constructions’ are here.