2nd William Ritchie Memorial Lecture to be given by John Marincola

29 July 2010 at 5:00 pm
General Lecture Theatre 1
Reception afterwards in the Nicholson Museum

Marathon and the Persian Wars in the Greek Imagination
John Marincola, Florida State University, Tallahassee
The Persian Wars were a watershed in Greek history and later Greeks looked back at them with wonder and reverence. For the Athenians the battle of Marathon loomed particularly large and their pride in it was immediate and long-lasting: it became a paradigm of excellence for later writers and thinkers. But Marathon was also part of a series of battles and only one piece of the larger struggle in the years 490-479 BC. In this talk John Marincola will discuss how poets, historians, orators and philosophers from the fifth century onward viewed Marathon and the Persian Wars and how they ‘spun’ events to tell their own particular stories – stories that sometimes had very little to do with the actual or probable events themselves.

John Marincola is Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His main areas of research are in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric, and he has written a number of books and articles on the ancient historians. He is particularly interested in the ways in which people think about and imagine the past, and in the roles that the past plays in the life (personal and social) of the present

The William Ritchie Memorial Lecture was established in 2008. Every second year a leading scholar of Hellenic antiquity visits the University of Sydney to deliver a public lecture in memory of the life and work of the late William Ritchie. Bill Ritchie was a devoted teacher and scholar of Classical Greek in the University of Sydney from 1955 until his death in July 2004 (Professor of Classical Greek from 1965 to 1991). This event is made possible by Professor Ritchie’s very generous bequest to the University, which also endows a Professorship in Classics within the Department of Classics and Ancient History and promotes a range of research plans.

RSVP (for catering purposes only) by 22 July 2010 to Kit Morrell: sophi.caham@sydney.edu.au


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