Scone ADFAS is pleased to present “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” lecture by Professor Alastair Blanshard on Tuesday 5 July 2022, 6.30pm.
Professor Alastair Blanshard is the inaugural Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. Alastair grew up in Brisbane, where he was an undergraduate before heading off to Cambridge to undertake his doctoral studies. Following his studies in Cambridge, he was a college lecturer at Merton College, Oxford and taught at the University of Reading. Prior to returning to Australia in 2005 to take up a position at the University of Sydney, Alastair held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in Washington and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is the author of a number of books including Hercules: A Heroic Life (translated into Italian, German, and Dutch), Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity, Classics on Screen: The representation of Greece and Rome in Cinema and All the Matters in the Classical World. His most recent books include co-edited collections of essays on the topics of Oscar Wilde’s interest in the Classical World and the myth of Heracles in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
For the Greeks, to see the marvelous was to touch the divine. The Greeks loved stories about fabulous works of nature and feats of engineering, and compiled many lists of “must see” monuments. This lecture focuses on the most famous of these catalogues of marvels, the Seven Wonders of the World. It describes the various monuments on this list and why they were so important. It also looks at the mentality of the ancient tourist that came to visit them and the industry that grew up to support their endeavour.
Date and Time: Tuesday 5 July 2022, 6.30pm
Venue: Scone Arts & Crafts Centre, Kingdon St, Scone
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