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De Carle Lecture: Theories of sovereignty

The 2018 De Carle Distinguished Lecture Series "The Roman Kings: A study in Power" with Professor Christopher Smith, a renowned British academic and classicist specialising in early Ancient Rome.

Early Rome was ruled by kings, seven in all, and they ruled from the middle of the eighth century BC to the end of the sixth century BC. At least, this is what our ancient sources claim. This lecture series aims to get behind the myths and stories of the Romans, and to explore the reality of power in early Rome as shown by the archaeological evidence. How and why did the Romans tell the stories they did about their early kings? And what was the long term impact of these stories in terms of theories of sovereignty and social power? These lectures will also consider aspects of Roman religion, Roman attitudes to the kings of foreign countries, and why Julius Caesar may have been killed for (supposedly) aspiring to royal power. Through studying Roman kings, we can gain a clearer picture of how the Romans conceived of the appropriate use of power, and how these views came to influence the conceptualization of power in later centuries.

Lecture 6: Theories of sovereignty

The idea of sovereignty is critically important to medieval, Renaissance and early modern thought: how should societies be ruled? And how should a ruler behave? These analyses made frequent reference to Rome. Indeed, from Machiavelli to Bodin to Hobbes, the Roman example is key. This lecture will sketch the development of modern ideas, and suggest ways in which the Roman story may still have something to tell us today.

Date Thursday, 14 June 2018
Time 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
LocationCollege of Education Auditorium
Contact NameDepartment of Classics
Contact Phone+64 3 479 8709

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