This lecture will provide a unique spin on contemporary social and political debates by offering a perspective drawn from the study of the ancient world. The ancient Greeks and Romans faced many similar problems to ones that confront us to day (e.g. growing gap between rich and poor, disenchantment with the political process, the problems of processing economic windfalls, esp. from mining). By looking at how the Ancients rose to these challenges, potential new solutions to old problems arise and old, stale debates get reinvigorated.


Professor Alastair Blanshard
Chair of Classics and Ancient History

Alastair Blanshard is the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History. A graduate of UQ, he completed his postgraduate training at the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Merton College, Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Sydney. He has held fellowships at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published three books which examined the impact of classical world on the modern and his most recent book, due to come out in 2015, is Everything You Need to Know about the Classical World.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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