Oros: Mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture

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On 4th November Professor Jason König presented his Inaugural lecture entitled Oros: Mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture to a packed audience. Deputy Principal Professor Garry Taylor introduced the lecture with some remarks on Jason’s world-leading scholarship to date and his exemplary leadership as the School’s Director of Research in the period of the last REF.  Jason treated the audience to a thought-provoking examination of the role and representation of Greek and Roman mountains in ancient writers (such as Pausanias) and 19th century travellers (such as Edward Dodwell). These writers reveal that views of mountains in the ancient and modern imagination are varied and often contested.  Archaeological and topographic evidence was also canvassed to reveal that Greek and Roman mountains were seen as places of memory, as having military functions, as objects of contemplation, as inspirational and as enigmatic. The lecture was beautifully illustrated and the event was a happy celebration of Professor König’s work.

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