Herodotus Today: What a 2500-Year-Old Historian Can Teach Us

Posted Oct 4, 2017 12:48 pm

Public Lecture by Professor Paul Cartledge "Herodotus 2500 – Re:Reading a Great Book After Two and a Half Millennia"

Thursday, October 12, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Combination Room at Trinity College (6 Hoskin Avenue)

Since its inception in 1979, The Mary White Lectureship in Classics has brought a series of distinguished scholars to Trinity. This year, we are happy to welcome Cambridge Professor Paul Cartledge.

In his upcoming lecture Herodotus 2500: Re-Reading a Great Book After Two and a Half Millennia, Professor Cartledge explains why this classical historian remains an inspiring and relevant force. “We live in a – frankly – pretty ghastly world: one that’s riddle with division and intolerance,” Prof. Cartledge says. "Herodotus lived in a much narrower world - yet he did his best to bestride it."

Though Herodotus would be celebrating his 2500th birthday, we still have much to learn from him. As Prof. Cartledge describes, "Herodotus wrote the western world's first history about a clash of civilizations – between that of the ancient Greeks and that of the ancient Persians. And he did so, amazingly, with tolerance"  

“How better to celebrate his lasting achievement than by a 2500th birthday lecture focused precisely on those two supreme pioneering qualities of historical acumen and socio-cultural tolerance?” Prof. Cartledge asks.

Prof. Cartledge is the A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction, After Thermopylae and Democracy: A Life.

Join us on Thursday, October 12 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to learn more about this inspiring historical figure at this year’s Mary White Lecture.

Register for this FREE event now!