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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Franco De Angelis

Migration and the Making of the Roman Empire: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Monday 13 May 2019,  at 14:15 - 16:00


The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Room 201


The pre-Roman western Mediterranean between the 9th and 3rd centuries BC has been aptly described as “a fantastic cauldron of expanding cultures and commerces” in which peoples, products, and ideas from all over intermeshed.  This resulted in one of the most important cultural encounters in ancient world history and set the stage for the Roman Empire that followed.  What exactly happened in these centuries for this to come about?  Answers belong to one of two polarized schools of thought.  In this paper, I outline an approach that aims to find a solution to the current scholarly impasse, in order to separate fact from fiction. 

Short bio

Franco De Angelis is Full Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia and Senior COFUND Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.  As an ancient historian and archaeologist, his research focuses on expanding the narrow story we tell about the ancient Greeks by examining their overlooked migrations and diasporas, which represent—literally--the other half of their story. He took his B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, his M.A. in Classical Archaeology and History at McGill University, and his D.Phil. in Ancient History at Oxford University.

Franco De Angelis' project at AIAS

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary.  Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.