Alexander the Great or Alexander the Lucky?
Thursday, 7 March 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM (AEDT)
About the talk:
Alexander the Great's achievements were so remarkable that they created a "cult of personality" which has lasted down to our own time. In one form, this fed into what has been called the "Great Man theory of history": the idea that history is primarily shaped by the actions and decisions of great individuals. But only one generation later than Alexander, a first voice was raised against this view, arguing that what truly ruled the fates of humanity was nothing more of less than Luck. A debate subsequently ran through ancient literature as to whether Alexander's achievements were the result of his supreme abilities, or his extraordinary luck.
About the speaker:
Dr Chris Forbes is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, and Deputy Chairman of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity. His fields of research and teaching focus on New Testament history, Alexander the Great and Hellenistic history, Graeco-Roman History of Ideas and the intersection of early Christianity and Graeco-Roman culture. His current research is in the field of the relationship between religion and philosophy in Graeco-Roman thought. He gained his BA (Hons I) Dip.Ed. in Ancient History at Macquarie in 1978, and his PhD in Ancient History in 1987. He has taught at Macquarie in various positions since 1985, full time since 1987, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2001.
Date: Thursday 7 March 2013
Time: 6.30pm cheese and wine, 7.00pm lecture begins
Please note that the exhibition will not be open during the evening.