Annual John Percival Postgate Lecture with Dr Adrian Goldsworthy

Start time: 18:00 / End time: 19:30 / Date: 03 Dec 2019 / Venue: Lecture Theatre C Central Teaching Hub

Open to: Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / General Public

Type: Lecture

Cost: Admission is free, registration is essential. Please register here.

Contact: For more information contact Fred Hirt at

About the event


Rome ruled an empire created and maintained by force, so that warfare and the army are central threads in Roman history, changing as Rome changed. The Roman legions are famous, the classic look of a first century AD legionary instantly recognisable from frequent overuse in TV documentaries.

Yet how should we understand the changing face of the Roman army, and how do we fit the army and the wider story of warfare and conflict, frontiers and internal control into general study of the Roman world?

Do old fashioned approaches to the past, such as narrative history, military and political history still have a role to play in academic analysis and in books aimed at the general reader and how do these relate to each other?

How well can newer forms of analysis breathe fresh life into understanding the army and wider society?

Speaker Biography

Adrian Goldsworthy is a British historian and author who specialises in ancient Roman history.

Goldsworthy read Ancient and Modern History at St John's College, Oxford University, he was awarded a D.Phil. in Literae Humaniores (Ancient History) in 1994. The topic of his thesis was 'The Roman Army as a fighting force, 100 BC-AD 200'. A modified version of this was subsequently published in the Oxford Monographs series, this remains in print and is one of the best selling works in the series.

Goldsworthy was a Junior Research Fellow at Cardiff University for two years and subsequently taught part-time at King's College London and was an assistant professor on the University of Notre Dame's London programme for six years.

The lecture will take place at 6pm and be followed by a free drinks reception and buffet for all.

About John Percival Postgate:

John Percival Postgate (1853-1926), Professor of Latin at Liverpool from 1909 to 1920, is best known for his editions of the Latin poets and for his role in the foundation of the Classical Association. The annual Postgate Lecture, funded from the John Percival Postgate Trust, is intended to relate classical culture and its study to a broader audience.

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