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Caesar 2.0: Enlivening Caesar and his Gallic War

Date: April 24, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Maxey Auditorium

Skotheim lecture posterThe forty-third Sivert O. and Marjorie Allen Skotheim Lecture in History by Christopher B. Krebs, Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford University.

Julius Caesar, the man of letters, has long stood forgotten in the shadow of the general, politician, and historian. His Gallic War, reduced to a Latin textbook of drab military history, has yet to receive the fresh reading warranted by both the paradigmatic shift in the study of ancient historians (as aspirants to literature rather than truth) and the increase of material evidence. But the man of letters can be recovered; and his Gallic War can come alive. Caesar 2.0 draws out the speaker, linguist, and littérateur from the Gallic War as a literary text; and it uses material evidence and recent information technologies to enliven the Roman and Celtic realities that provided its setting.

Free and open to the public.
There will be an informal reception in the Maxey Foyer following the presentation.