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Drunk and disorderly in antiquity

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Presented by Gillian Shepherd

The ancient Greeks and Romans certainly liked a drink – in fact, we know more about alcohol and drinking in antiquity than about many other aspects of everyday life. Just as in the modern world, drinking was a fundamental social activity, but intoxication led to all sorts of problems. This talk looks at the social contexts of drinking, available concoctions, intoxication and related bad behaviour, and ancient attitudes to being ‘under the influence’.

Dr Gillian Shepherd is Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Director of the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University. Gillian studied Classics and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete a PhD in Classical Archaeology at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a research fellowship at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Until her return to Australia in 2012 to take up her position at La Trobe University, Gillian was Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests are the ancient Greek colonisation of Sicily and Italy, burial customs, and the archaeology and art of Greece and Magna Graecia.

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