Spotlight Lecture

Emperors of Rome – Diocletian – Wednesday 11 May 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Diocletian brought much needed stability to a Roman empire in the third century ravaged by political and economic crisis, as well as by Germanic tribes pressing on the borders. Like so many late antique emperors, Diocletian came from Illyria, an area which produced a series of resilient and creative generals. Traditionally minded Diocletian blamed the problems of his times, in part, on the neglect of the gods and traditions, which is one of the reasons he is best known for his persecution of Christians. At the height of his power, he surprised everyone by retiring to his native country, to a peninsula near his native Salona.  The palace he had built in Split is so extensive and well-preserved that it occupies much of the heart of today’s city centre. With its extensive fortification and temples, the palace neatly summarises Diocletian’s character and times.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 11 May 2022

Start time: 18:00 BST

End time: 19:30 BST

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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