Monday, July 4
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
by Dr Alastair Blanshard.
For the Greeks, to see the marvelous was to touch the divine. The Greeks loved stories about fabulous works of nature and feats of engineering and compiled many lists of "must-see" monuments. This lecture focuses on the most famous of these catalogues of marvels, the Seven Wonders of the World. It describes the various monuments on this list and why they were so important. It also looks at the mentality of the ancient tourist that came to visit them and the industry that grew up to support their endeavour.
Professor Alastair Blanshard is the inaugural Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. He has lecturered at Merton College, Oxford and the University of Reading. In 2005 he was appointed to a position at the University of
Sydney. Alastair held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in Washington and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.vHis books include co-edited collections of essays on Oscar Wilde’s interest in the Classical World and the myth of Heracles in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes the first pick. The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.