Wolfson (Ancient) Warfare Wednesday - Greek Warfare and Mythology

Warfare Wednesdays logo
Dr Cezary Kucewicz NCN Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gdańsk; Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College
Date 08/07/2020 at 18.00 - 08/07/2020 at 19.00 Where Zoom webinar
Book

This webinar series showcases the latest developments in the field of ancient Greek warfare, providing weekly talks by experts focusing on the major areas of interest in recent scholarship. Register here.

Warfare Wednesdays logo

Mythological stories are one of our richest sources for the cultural, social and political life of the ancient Greeks. A substantial part of the vast corpus of Greek mythology concerned stories about war. These include most famously the Trojan War, enshrined in the Iliad and countless other works; and the Seven Against Thebes, the final part of the tragic story of king Oedipus. Despite the richness of the material, spreading across many artistic genres (literature, poetry, pottery, sculpture, architecture), mythology has rarely featured in scholarly studies of Greek warfare, which tend to dismiss its relevance for the actual practices and realties of combat. In this talk, Cezary will argue that mythological stories stood at the forefront of everyday discourses about war, being modelled on the ideals and cultural values most relevant to their audiences.

Since Greek myths were by their nature extremely fluid and susceptible to change, their representations of war were subject to constant re-evaluation. This process was particularly profound in the classical era, when writers, artists and politicians came up with modified versions of myths about war inherited from the archaic past. A study of these changes, as Cezary will demonstrate, offers us important insights into the development of warfare from the archaic to the classical periods. He will focus primarily on a small case study of mythological scenes depicted on the straps of hoplite shields (shield-bands), leading him to some larger conclusions about the potential of mythology for modern studies of Greek warfare. 

More information on the webinar series main page.

Photo credit: J. M. Harrington (Nefasdicere at en.wikipedia.org), licensed under the CC Attribution 2.5 Generic license.

What's on

Warfare Wednesdays logo

Wolfson (Ancient) Warfare Wednesday - Greek Warfare and Mythology

08/07/2020 at 18.00

This webinar series showcases the latest developments in the field of ancient Greek warfare, providing weekly talks by experts focusing on the major areas of interest in recent scholarship. Register here.

seagull with garbage

Wolfson College Sustainability & Conservation Research Hub

10/07/2020 at 13.00

Wolfson invites you to join the first gathering of our community with interests, professional and amateur, in Sustainability and Conservation. All are welcome to this new Hub!

 

Global health

Wolfson College Global Health Research Hub: 'COVID-19 and me'

14/07/2020 at 17.00

Wolfson invites you to join the first gathering of our community with interests, professional and amateur, in Global Health. All are welcome to this new Hub!

Warfare Wednesdays logo

Wolfson (Ancient) Warfare Wednesday - Greek Warfare and the Spartan Mirage

15/07/2020 at 18.00

This webinar series showcases the latest developments in the field of ancient Greek warfare, providing weekly talks by experts focusing on the major areas of interest in recent scholarship. Register here.