The macedonian background and Alexander’s life till his accession
Thursday, 31 January 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM (AEDT)
About the talk:
This talk presented by Emeritus Professor Bob Milns, AM, will look at the growth of Macedonia under King Philip II, Alexander’s father, to “superpower” status in the Balkans. It will also look at the relationship between Alexander and his father and mother, Olympia’s, together with other major influences on his development up to the time of his accession after the murder of King Philip in 336 BC.
About the speaker:
Professor Milns retired in 2003 after 33 years as University of Queensland (UQ) Professor of Classics and Ancient History, during which time be built the museum into an invaluable resource for teaching and research. A graduate of Leeds University and Cambridge, in both of which he gained first-class honours, Professor Milns was appointed Chair of Classics and Ancient History in 1970, holding the position until his retirement. An expert on Alexander the Great and his father, Philip II of Macedon, Professor Milns on taking up his appointment at UQ fostered the display and promotion of the then small collection of antiquities, which has since been joined by over 1,000 objects – the oldest dating back over 4,000 years. In addition to serving as head of department for many years, Professor Milns held several positions within the University's administration including as a UQ Senator and long-serving member of the Academic Board. His many awards include Member of the Order of Australia (1997), a Centenary Medal in 2003, and the “Niki” award of the Australian Hellenic Council for distinguished service.
Date: 31 January 2013
Time: 6.30pm for cheese and wine 7.00pm 1 hour lecture