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Ancient History Seminar Series

1 September @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The Macquarie University Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie Ancient History Association is proud to present the seminar program for S.2, 2017. Seminars will be held in the Seminar Room, Museum of Ancient Cultures, Building X5B, level 3, on Fridays commencing at 4.00pm sharp (unless otherwise stated).  The convenors appreciate the support given by the ACRC to this program, and the contribution of MAHA to ancient history at Macquarie.

Daryn Graham (MQ PhD candidate): Dating the Composition of Annals 2.47 in Light of Tacitus’ Description of the AD17 Earthquake

Modern historians are divided as to when Tacitus composed and published his Annals. While some hold for a date under Trajan, others opt for a setting under Hadrian. This invariably impinges upon how we understand Tacitus’ work. In this talk, I outline fresh grounds for dating the final version of Tacitus’ description of the AD17 earthquake in the Roman province of Asia, in Annals 2.47 to AD115/116, neatly within Trajan’s principate. Tacitus’ description of this seismic event is contextualised within events which occurred in the AD115 earthquake in Antioch and Syria, as described in detail by Cassius Dio, thus demonstrating that Tacitus had events of AD115 in mind when composing his account of the AD17 earthquake.


Dr Danijel Dzino: Varvaria-Breberium-Bribir: the overview of 2014-2017 excavations on Bribirska glavica

This presentation will outline major achievements of Macquarie excavations on Bribirska glavica, between 2014 and 2017. The emphasis will be laid on excavations of Early Christian rotunda below modern church of SS Joachim and Ann, and some preliminary conclusions that can be made at this stage regarding its function and chronology.


1 September
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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