News: Public Talk: Alexander the Great: Son of the Thunderbolt?

Sunday 11th June 2017 at 2.15pm
Holgate House, Grey College, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LG

Alexander the Great (356–323 BC) is one of the towering figures of antiquity, a legend in his lifetime and a powerful symbol, for subsequent generations, of monarchic power and its limitations. For us today, the aspect of his character hardest to understand is his claim to be the son of Zeus.

We are inclined to see this as a mad delusion, or else to rationalise it as a political ploy, empty of belief. But how would the Greeks and the Macedonians of the time have seen it?

Emma Aston is a renowned specialist on Northern Greece.

Free public talk. Everyone welcome.

Added Monday 8th May 2017