Perth, Western Australia
FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
Saturday, 29th January 2022.
1:30 – 4:00 pm
N.B. These will be at the Social Science Lecture Theatre (opposite the Japanese pond, see below for map).
“The Roman Army in the Near East in the First Century AD: Josephus and the First Jewish War”. Em. Prof. David Kennedy
The Roman Army is one of the most-studied of all Roman institutions. Ironically, Roman writers seldom tell us much about its organization and character. Direct and detailed descriptions are mainly provided by non-Romans who want to tell their own people about this remarkable organization: In the 2nd century BC that is the Greek writer Polybius; in the 1st century AD it is the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. Most of what Josephus has to report is centred on his detailed account of the catastrophic First Jewish War (AD 66-70).
“Masada: Fortress, Palace and Siege.” Em. Prof. David Kennedy
Josephus is also our principal written source for the great fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Mainly that concerns the Roman siege towards the end of the First Jewish War but he also describes the marvellous palace built there by the Herods. Now, too, several decades of survey and excavation has revealed a mass of new information much of it now published extensively.