Alexander the Great in India (Pakistan and Afghanistan)
Thursday, 21 February 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM (AEDT)
About the talk:
This lecture will tell the story of Alexander’s campaign to Taxila, to the Hydaspes river (Jhelum) where in 326 he won his last great battle, to the Hyphasis river (Beas), where his men would go no further East, and then his journey down the Indus river to Patala (Bahmanabad, 75 km north-west of Hyderabad), where in 325 he turned west for the desert march back into Iran. After Alexander in these regions Greek settlers and Indo-Greek kingdoms formed a feature of life for about the following two hundred years: the lecture will end with a segment about Alexander’s long-term impact in India.
About the speaker:
Associate Professor Paul McKechnie has a PhD (1985; Ancient History) from University College, Oxford. From 1984-1987 he was Assistant Master in Classics and Religious Education, The Perse School, Cambridge, and from 1987-1991 Head of Department of Classics at Kamuzu Academy, Malawi. From 1991-1998 he held a Lectureship in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. In 1998 he became Senior Lecturer, a position he held until joining Macquarie in 2007 as Associate Professor, CORE in Ancient Cultures, in the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre.
Date: 21 February 2012
Time: 6.30pm cheese and wine, 7.00pm lecture begins.
Please note that the exhibition will not be open during the evening.