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Enemies of Rome – Part II – Wednesdays

Three Spotlight Lectures + Virtual Tour of Rome
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Wednesday, 9 March 2022
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Wednesday, 23 February 2022
10am PST
1pm EST
6pm GMT
7pm CET

With Dr Eireann Marshall

This series includes three spotlight lectures and a Virtual Tour of Rome with our exclusive footage.

It is not surprising given the length of Rome’s tenure of power that it had a number of enemies who both threatened its existence but also helped to define the qualities Rome most associated with itself. The most famous of all of Rome’s enemies, Carthage, loomed large in Rome’s imagination long after the Punic wars, with the quotation Carthago delenda est, being remembered by all sections of the populace centuries after Cato the Elder demanded the destruction of the Punic city.

Rome didn’t only revile its enemies but admired and even aggrandised them, if nothing else, in order to make their victory over them even greater. The terror which Hannibal unleashed on the Italian peninsula at the end of the 2nd century BC and the disastrous defeats he meted out on Rome encouraged Romans to admire him more than vilify him. Likewise, both Vercingetorix, who impressively organised Gauls against Caesar, and Boudicca were admired by Romans for their skill.

Tacitus, in particular, sees Boudica as a beacon of freedom which his fellow Romans craved. Enemies, especially powerful foreign women, however, also stood for everything Romans despised. Who could forget the way in which Cleopatra, mistress of two powerful Romans and quelled by Octavian, was described in terms of her passion, terrifying sexuality, and power?

This series explores these enemies in order to understand how close Rome came to losing and also how they helped to forge Rome’s identity.

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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.

Prof Gregory Dowling

Prof Gregory Dowling is Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

He has written numerous articles on Venice, and was responsible for the sightseeing pages of the first five editions of the Time Out Guide to Venice. He currently also sits on the board of directors for a new museum in Ravenna devoted to Lord Byron, which will open in 2021.

He is also the author of the “Alvise Marangon” historical thriller novels set in Venice and a regular lecturer at the “Circolo Italo-Britannico” in Venice.

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