Lecture – June 30 2023

Michael Duigan

Herodotus on the war between the Greeks and the Persians

A political and cultural context for the British Museum exhibition ‘Luxury & Power’

The lecture will be on June 30 at 7.00pm
in the Fenner Brockway Room, Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL.

Michael Duigan teaches ancient history and art history at a number of colleges, including the City Lit in London and London University Birkbeck College. He has spoken to us on several previous occasions on the art and sculpture of the classical world. He has provided this abstract of the lecture

The empire of Persia was founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, stretching from the Indus Valley to Egypt – the largest and wealthiest in the Ancient Near East. Referencing the ‘Histories’ by Herodotus, we will document the Persian invasion in the 5th century BC. The hostile account by Greek authors will be balanced by examining the rich cultural exchange (evidenced by magnificent art) which was a consequence of this interaction.

The lecture will be followed by a visit to the British Museum on Saturday, July 1. 

As usual, this lecture is free of charge for EMAS members, while non-members are asked to pay a fee of £3 in cash at the lecture.

We would be grateful if you could send an email to secretary@emasarchaeology.org to let us know that you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there.