On Friday 10 March Prof Tim Cornell will give a talk on Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in 218 BC, and he will discuss the reasons for Hannibal’s failure and the long term repercussions of his enterprise for the history of ancient Rome and Italy. This will take place in Jessop West building, room G03, at 4 pm. The programme can be downloaded here.
On Saturday 11 March there will be a workshop on the historian and rhetorician Dionysius of Halicarnassus, who wrote a history of early Rome, and a number of rhetorical treatises, in the Augustan period. Dionysius argued that the Romans were actually Greeks in origin, and he used a great number of myths and supernatural stories in his narrative. We will discuss the way in which Dionysius of Halicarnassus wrote about myths and how he conceptualised the distinction between myth and history, by analysing Dionysius' writings using different categories, such as aetiology, narrative elaboration, rationality, the marvellous, religion, and memory. The event will take place at the Humanities Research Institute, from 10.15 am. The full programme is available on the MARCUS website. If you plan to attend please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .