Lectures – Forthcoming

 

TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER 2018
MALCOLM BILLINGS 
(Author and Broadcaster)
THE FIRST CRUSADE – THE ROLE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London,
Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Horseback battle scene from Histoire du Voyage et Conquete de Jerusalem, 1337, (Image courtesy of Malcolm Billings)
Horseback battle scene from Histoire du Voyage et Conquete de Jerusalem, 1337, (Image courtesy of Malcolm Billings)

During the course of this lecture, Malcolm will show a range of images collected on the route of the First Crusade showing maps and important junctions in the story of reaching Jerusalem in 1099. He will outline the calling of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II and the struggle of the Crusaders to reach Jerusalem after almost four years on the road, and will also include a tribute to the Crusades scholar, Professor Jonathon Riley Smith, of Cambridge University.

Malcolm Billings has been a journalist, writer and broadcaster for over 50 years. His contribution to archaeology began in 1977 when he became the presenter of the Radio 4 programme, Origins; which reported on excavations across the world from the Nile Valley to Jordan, Syria, France and Greece. In recent years he has lectured at the British Museum, the Levantine Foundation, the Keynon Institute Jerusalem, and Edinburgh University. Malcolm’s books include The Crusades (new edition), (2016); London, A Companion to its History and Archaeology (1994); The English, Making of a Nation from 430-1700 (1991); and  Vartan of Nazareth, Missionary and Pioneer in 19th Century Palestine (2012). He presented the Today Programme in the 1960s and 70s.


MONDAY 21st JANUARY 2019
PROF. SARAH PEARCE  
(University of Southampton)
FRESH LIGHT ON CLEOPATRA

7:30 PM – Sephardi Synagogue, 24 Wicker Lane, Hale Barns
Cheshire WA15 0QH

Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies,
The University of Manchester and The Jewish Historical Society of England

From Josephus we have one of the most damning of all ancient portraits of Cleopatra VII (69-30 BCE), highlighting her alleged malevolence towards Jews in her kingdom and towards her neighbour, Herod the Great. In this talk, Sarah Pearce will explore the ancient portraits, inscriptions and literature that shed light on Cleopatra’s relations with the Jews.

Sarah Pearce is Ian Karten Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Southampton. She is the author of The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo’s Representation of Egypt (2007) and of other studies on the history and culture of Jews in the Graeco-Roman world.

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