We Would Have Become Roman: From Arminius to Herman the German

Wednesday, 29 April, 6:00
Hercus Theatre, Physics South Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Kai Brodersen (University of Erfurt)

In classical sources, the Cheruscan military leader Arminius is mentioned as an obstacle to Roman expansion in the early 1st century AD who eventually fell victim to a revolt in his own tribe. The lecture will explore how the perception of this figure changed to make him the mythical founder of a united German nation in the 19th century.

Kai Brodersen is Professor of Classics and President at the University of Erfurt in Germany and currently the inaugural Margaret Braine Fellow in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia. He has edited and translated both ancient works and modern classical studies. His research focuses on Greek and Roman historiography and geography, on ancient inscriptions, oracles and wonder-texts and on social and economic history. Amongst many other roles, he also is Editor-in-Chief of Historia, one of Germany’s most prestigious reviews and monograph series in ancient history.

This public lecture is sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS). The lecture is free but registration is requested: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/hermanthegerman.

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