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Wolfson (Ancient) Warfare Wednesdays

A range of experts showcase the latest developments in the field of ancient Greek warfare, focusing on the major areas of interest in recent scholarship. Recordings are available here.

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Greek warfare continues to attract major interest among both academics and the general public. The last few years have witnessed a steady stream of scholarly monographs and handbooks, each offering new approaches, perspectives and directions. While many lively debates continue to challenge our understanding of how and why the Greeks fought their wars, the subject remains equally appealing to popular imagination, as indicated by graphic novels, films and computer games, such as Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (2018) and A Total War Saga: Troy (2020).

In the first instance, the webinars follow the main conceptual categories used to approach the practice, ideology and reception (both ancient and modern) of Greek warfare; these include economics, historiography, mythology, psychology and computer games. The webinars are intended to promote the study of ancient warfare among the Wolfson community and the wider public by providing a platform for discussion and learning. They are aimed at students, academics and anyone with an interest in history; each talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the speaker.

Recordings of past events are available here. For more information about the series please contact Dr Cezary Kucewicz.

Programme

Date Speaker Topic
10 June Dr Owen Rees (MMU) Greek Warfare and Psychology
17 June Dr Joshua Hall (Linn-Benton) Greek Warfare and Video Games 
24 June Dr Manu Dal Borgo (Cambridge) Greek Warfare and Economics 
1 July Dr Roel Konijnendijk (Leiden) Greek Warfare and Historiography
8 July Dr Cezary Kucewicz (Gdańsk) Greek Warfare and Mythology 
15 July Professor Stephen Hodkinson (Nottingham) Greek Warfare and the Spartan Mirage
22 July Dr Josho Brouwers (Ancient World Magazine) Greek Warfare and Homer
29 July Dr Silvannen Gerrard (Manchester) Greek Warfare and Animals
5 Aug Dr Sonya Nevin (Roehampton) Greek Warfare and Modern Education
12 Aug Dr Jo Ball (Liverpool) Greek Warfare and Archaeology
19 Aug Professor Fiona McHardy (Roehampton) Greek Warfare and Gender
26 Aug Dr Giorgia Proietti (Trento) Greek Warfare and Commemoration

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