About the talk:
Cleopatra VII was the last of the great successors to Alexander, and with her suicide the rule of the Macedonian Ptolemies came to an end in Egypt. This is regarded as one of the major historical landmarks of the ancient world, and provides a fitting bookend for the Alexander Lecture series. In this lecture we shall examine Cleopatra’s Hellenistic heritage and her own contributions, together with the widespread cultural influences that shaped both her own thinking and the city that was perhaps Alexander’s most lasting monument, Alexandria itself. We shall also look at the delicate balancing act with which she was faced in terms of the international politics of her day and the extraordinarily personal way in which she dealt with that challenge.
About the speaker:
Associate Professor Tom Hillard lectures in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University and is a member of that University’s Ancient Cultures Research Centre as well as a Research Associate of Sydney University’s Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Syria, and Cyprus and in 1993 led an Australian archaeological team in an underwater investigation of ancient Torone in northern Greece. At Macquarie University he teaches Roman Republican history and convenes a unit on women and gender in antiquity.
Date: Thursday 4 April
Time: Doors open 5.30pm for exhibition viewing, 6.30pm cheese and wine. One-hour lecture begins promptly at 7.00pm.
Admission: Members: $35. Non-Members: $45.
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