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Classics Alumni Webinar Series

Join us for the Cambridge Classics Alumni Webinar Series. The webinars will be hosted on Zoom. If you have any questions, please .


Image of the Pompeii thermopolium courtesy of Massimo Osanna, Parco Archeologico di PompeiNew discoveries from Pompeii

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 6.30-7.30pm

With Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Honorary Professor of Roman Studies and Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project.

Recent years have brought a flurry of new discoveries from Pompeii: a graffito that may (or may not!) date the eruption, a wine bar that seems to have been selling illegal hot snacks, and skeletons cast by a new technique that reveals the most intimate of details (literally). Professor Mary Beard and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill have followed the ever-changing story of Pompeii for many years.

Join Mary and Andrew as they discuss just how much new light is cast by these new discoveries.  

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Image courtesy of Dr Rose FerrabyExploring Aldborough’s Roman remains

Wednesday 31 March 2021, 6.30-7.30pm

With Martin Millett, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology and Rose Ferraby, Co-Director, Aldborough Roman Town Project.

Isurium Brigantum, today the village of Aldborough in North Yorkshire, was a key town in the Roman administration of the north of Britain with a rich and complex story to tell. The Aldborough Roman Town Project was established a decade ago to carry out archaeological research with an aim to better understand the origins of Isurium Brigantum, its development and its role in the social, political and economic scene of Roman Britain.

Since 2009 Professor Martin Millett and Dr Rose Ferraby have carried out extensive geophysical surveys of the town and its suburbs. Using magnetometry and Ground Penetrating Radar, together with research on the archives of past archaeological investigations, they have mapped the town and its immediate surroundings. Working now with limited excavations they have developed new ideas about how and why the settlement was established, how it developed during the Roman period, and how it was transformed into the early medieval period.

Join Martin and Rose as they discuss the project and their findings.  

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Image of Hubert Robert's The Fire of Rome from Wikimedia.Did Christianity kill Classical Culture?

Wednesday 14 April 2021, 6.30-7.30pm

With Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture, and Tim Whitmarsh, A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture.

‘What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?’ famously thundered Tertullian, the ebullient Christian orator of Carthage. Today, many still think of Christianity and Greco-Roman culture as oil and water. For some the myth of Christian ’triumph’ over a superannuated, decadent ‘pagan’ world holds good; for others, Christianity sapped the vitality and intellectual energy of the classical world, superimposing instead an arid moralism. In this talk, two opinionated classicists beg to differ with both schools. Expect flying sparks.

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