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Why Pericles Matters

Posted on 03/02/2012

Royal Holloway, University of London will welcome Robin Lane Fox to speak at the annual Dabis Lecture, Why Pericles Matters, on Thursday (9 February).

Mr Fox is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History. His books and articles include major works on Alexander the Great and the relation between the pagan and early Christian religions of the Roman Empire.

In his lecture, Mr Fox will discuss Pericles, the most famous political figure in classical Greek history whose Funeral Speech has been the admired model for democratic societies throughout the world.

But how does it seem nowadays in an era when war, imperialism and feminism have given it a new resonance? This lecture aims to reinstate Pericles’s claim to greatness by giving a bold interpretation of his life and political vision.

The Dabis Memorial Lecture was founded in 1908 in memory of Miss Therese Dabis, the Head Resident Lecturer in Classics at the College. Previous speakers have included: Marina Warner, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Germaine Green, Edith Hall, and most recently Apostolos Doxiadis.

For more information about the lecture, please visit our events page.


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