The Classics as a Global Discipline: Greco-Roman Civilisation in Eurasia

W.H. Allen Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 7 October, reception 6:00, lecture 6:30
Kaye Scott Room, Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville

Dr Hyun Jin Kim, University of Melbourne

To whom does the cultural, artistic, scientific and political inheritance of ancient Greece and Rome belong? The answers to this question have usually limited that magnificent legacy to Western Europe alone. However, this lecture will demonstrate that the legacy of ancient Greece and Rome is the inheritance of the whole of Eurasia or Afro-Eurasia. That legacy therefore continues to impact on and is relevant to the lives of every Eurasian people and those influenced by Eurasian cultures, that is everyone on this planet. One must not confine the reach of the Classics to just the ‘West’, but rather adopt a wider perspective, a Eurasian perspective. Only then can the true impact of Greco-Roman civilisation be fully appreciated.

Dr Hyun Jin Kim is Lecturer in Classics at The University of Melbourne. He is the author of “The Huns, Rome and the Birth of Europe” (Cambridge 2013), “Ethnicity and Foreigners in Ancient Greece and China” (Duckworth 2009) and numerous publications on ethnicity and political history in ancient Greek, Rome and imperial China. He is currently the recipient of an Australian Research Council DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) entitled “The Transfer of Global Hegemony: Geopolitical Revolutions in World History.”

The annual W.H. Allen Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria and Ormond College, in honour of Barney Allen, the first Secretary of the Classical Association of Victoria (1912 onwards), and Vice-Master of Ormond College from 1915-1943. The event will begin with the awarding of the annual Alexander Leeper Prize for the highest-achieving undergraduate Classics honours student in the state of Victoria. Alexander Leeper in 1876 became the first Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, and in 1912 became the first President of the Classical Association of Victoria.