Since antiquity, people have been trying to answer why Rome succeeded in creating the ancient world’s largest empire. In this talk, Prof. De Angelis argues that current approaches to this question have limitations, and that room for new research exists. His approach considers the crucial eight centuries in Italy and the western Mediterranean before the Roman Empire’s creation. These centuries witnessed migrant Greeks and Phoenicians settling alongside Romans, Etruscans, and other existing populations and led to an immensely competitive environment. Societies were forced either to innovate and out-perform their competitors or to succumb to them. Prof. De Angelis’ methodology is interdisciplinary and comparative and focuses on contemporary organizational and institutional differences between societies and, in doing so, sets up a new, more realistic historical context for understanding the Roman Empire’s creation. Throughout his talk, he will highlight how his approach raises numerous issues of historical relevance still today.
Franco De Angelis is Full Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia. In his teaching and research, he has developed cross-cultural, interdisciplinary methodologies that employ all types of evidence and various theoretical tools to help interpret them. His research has focused on expanding the narrow story we have traditionally told about the ancient Greeks by addressing their overlooked migrations, especially to Italy.
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October 13, 2022 at 7:00PM
Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4