Why have ancient battles marked us so much?

Thursday 6 October, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
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Certain Greek and Roman military campaigns have passed into the popular imagination as enduring legacies of the ancient world. Spartan resistance at Thermopylae, Alexander’s expedition to the east, and the Roman defeat in the Teutoburg forest became legendary in antiquity and went on to influence modern thought, all the way to Waterloo and Hollywood.

Organised in collaboration with Reading University, this panel discussion considers the memorialisation of some key ancient battles, from antiquity to modernity, reflecting on how their meanings have been formed and transformed over the ages. From Reading University, panellists include Athena Leoussi, Emma Aston, Matthew Nicholls, Katherine Harloe and Rachel Mairs. Panel organised jointly by the British Museum and the University of Reading’s Ways of War Centre, The Classical Tradition and Reception Studies Group of the Department of Classics, and The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies.

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Why have ancient battles marked us so much?

Thursday 6 October

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