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The Roman Civil Wars of 49-30 BCE - Analysing the Breakdown of Models

Donnerstag, 21. Juni 2018 bis Samstag, 23. Juni 2018
Donnerstag, 15. Februar 2018

Publications and conferences dedicated to the theme of Roman civil wars have been constantly on the increase in recent years. If intellectual life reflects its historical moment, then the phenomenon may be a consequence of both the disappearance of a bipolar international model and the breakdown of the twentieth-century socio-economic basis for the consensus needed for stable parliamentary government.

Reflecting upon the current moment, but limited to a discussion of the Roman civil wars of 49-30 BCE, the proposed conference aims to gather scholars from around the world to discuss the breakdown in political and cognitive models that is associated with that particular moment in history. This is a discussion that can usefully be undertaken by widening the scope of investigation and focussing upon not only "minor" characters (e.g. Roucillus and Egus), but also people's documented difficulty in distinguishing between true and false reports (e.g. Caesar's alleged descent upon Rome with his Gallic cavalry) as they sought to determine what course to take.

The international workshop will take place at Córdoba, Spain. Situated along the Guadalquivir river and commanding the plains of Andalusia, the city of Cordova offers an attractive venue for the theme of the Roman civil wars of 49-30 BCE. Involved in the campaigns of 49 and 45 BCE, the city has an excellent archaeological site and museum collection, aside from being a cultural centre of note as a result of its later history.

The workshop will involve scholars specialising in Classics and Ancient History and aims to appeal to relatively young scholars and be internationally representative. The organizers look forward to welcoming experts in the discipline as well as younger, emerging scholars.

Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract of 300-400 words and a one-page CV. Please send your abstracts to the organizers (Richard Westall | Hannah Cornwell | Lindsay Driediger-Murphy) at the following address: cordoba-2018[at]googlegroups[dot]com.

Confirmation of receipt should come within 3-4 working days, and a preliminary programme will be announced as of 15 March 2018.

Conference Venue: TBA



Richard Westall

Richmond University  (Rome Study Centre)



Marc Hansen



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