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Ancient History and Economics - “What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?” - 2 May 2019

Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie

The 2019 Newell Classics Event features Walter Scheidel (Stanford) in dialogue with Sheilagh Ogilvie (Cambridge) on the subject “What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?”.

It will take place on May 2nd in the Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College at 7.15 pm (till approximately 8.45). This event is free and no pre-booking is necessary.

The Newell Classical Event is Cambridge’s most prestigious occasion for public-facing classical scholarship. Walter Scheidel is one of the world’s most significant and controversial classicists, who has pioneered the integration of scientific and statistical methods into ancient history. He will be discussing the conclusions of his forthcoming book, which claims that the fall of the western Roman Empire was the necessary precursor to the rise of Europe — and quizzed on these claims by an eminent Cambridge economist. This is an excellent opportunity to see Scheidel, a brilliant scholar and communicator, on a rare trip to the UK.

No prior classical knowledge is presumed (and in any case, any prior conceptions of the classical world will inevitably be blown apart).

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