LECTURE: The Long Defeat: The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)
Join Clifford Ando, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor at the Department of Classics of the University of Chicago for The Long Defeat: The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West. This event is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
The Roman Empire remains one of the world's longest lived polities. Its collapse has therefore endured as a great historical puzzle. Was it barbarians or internal decay? Or was Christianity to blame? The lecture will explore a range of theories and consider in detail why the two famous theories, those of St. Augustine and Edward Gibbon, have found so little favor.
Come early and take a docent-led tour of the museum galleries at 6:30 pm. No reservation necessary. Please meet in the museum lobby.
Questions? Contact the Oriental Institute Membership Office at 773-834-9777 or visit oi.uchicago.edu/getinvolved