Map showing the route of Alexander the Great through Gedrosia
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.

The Rhetoric of Geography: Cicero's Sicily in the Verrine Orations

In his career-launching invective against Verres, the corrupt governor of Sicily from 73-71 BC, Cicero employed numerous rhetorical techniques to persuade the jury that Verres was indeed guilty of extortion, theft, and the execution of Roman citizens. One such technique was Cicero's constructions of the landscape of Sicily itself, which sought to highlight a mutual Roman-Sicilian cultural identity and undermine Verres' defense. Our speaker will explore how Cicero used the geography and topography of prominent Sicilian locales, such as Syracuse and Enna, as a rhetorical tool, and aims to demonstrate why these constructions were so effective in damning Verres.

Mass Migration from Europe to the Near East in the Early Hellenistic Age

In his presentation, Associate Professor Stevenson, will describe the heavy migration from Europe (Greece, Macedonia, and Gaul) into the Near East which took place in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. He will demonstrate that there are both similarities and differences between the ancient experience and the migration waves of recent years from the Near East into Europe. These similarities and differences are alternately dreadful, sobering and, perhaps, enlightening in forming appropriate attitudes and policies in the present.