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Classics & Ancient History Public Lecture by Dr. Ben Akrigg

Author: Angela Peters

Posted on Sep 11, 2019

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Dr. Ben Akrigg (University of Toronto) will speak on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Provincial Archives. His talk is entitled, 'Migrants and Migration in the Classical World.'


Classicists often take for granted that there was a lot of personal mobility in Greek and Roman antiquity. Literary texts from Homeric epic onwards are full of people on the move. Mobility is intimately connected to chattel slavery and a high level of urbanisation, features that we think of as distinctive of the classical world. Ancient historians are now starting to engage with the complexity of migration studies as a field in its own right, and to revisit some important questions. How many people were moving? Why? And what difference did it make for the communities they left behind and the ones in which they arrived?

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