12 Oct 2016

October + November 2016

Monday October 31, 2016 @ 7:30

Graham Butler, UBC

Scythian Archers: Athens’ Technicolour Police Force 

Classical Athens had a peculiar ‘police force’. They imported a troop of enslaved Scythians, brightly costumed warrior nomads from north of the Black Sea, and tasked them with maintaining order in assemblies and arresting criminals. These slaves could even lay hands on freeborn citizens. This lecture examines who these Scythians were, when and where the Greeks encountered them, why Athens allowed to slaves the authority of ‘policemen’, and why Athens tapped the distant Scythia for this labour.

Monday November 28, 2016 @ 7:30
Hector Williams, UBC

Cleopatra:  the Queen and the Legend 

Cleopatra VII, last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and one of the most famous women in history, continues to fascinate.  This illustrated talk of her life and times will also look at the legends of a femme fatale which have grown up around her over the centuries.