Themistocles: Ambition, Genius and Cunning

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Join us as Professor Chris Mackie discusses Themistocles as part of the La Trobe Classics in the City seminar series.

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Thursday 15 November 2018 06:00 pm until Thursday 15 November 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Gillian Shepherd
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Professor Chris Mackie
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Seminar/Workshop/Training

One of the most remarkable men of the 5th century BC, Themistocles played a critical role in the defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480BC. In any culture, this might have assured his importance for the rest of his political life – but at Athens he came under sustained attack from his political enemies and eventually fled the city for his life. Later Greek writers saw him as a kind of latter-day Odysseus trickster figure – were they justified in this assessment?


Professor Chris Mackie is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, and Professor of Public Scholarship. His interests are in Greek and Roman epic, Thucydides, classical mythology, and reception studies. Recently he worked on the Gallipoli peninsula with a team of historians and archaeologists, exploring the close connection between ancient Troy on the Asian side of the Dardanelles, and Gallipoli on the European side.

This event is part of the La Trobe Classics in the City seminar series.

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