Empress Theodora: From Courtesan to Queen

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 17th October 2019

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD

Description: Dr Haarer’s thesis was on the Emperor Anastasius I (491‐518) on whom she subsequently published a book. Her research interests have continued to focus on the history and literary culture of the 5th and 6th centuries, a period of transition from the classical to the medieval and Byzantine world. Specific aspects she has covered include: how cities declined, adapted, or transformed; how pagan festivals managed to survive in various guises; and how readily classicising Greek on pagan themes was composed alongside new forms (hymns), and more vernacular writing (chronicles). She is also interested in what traditional imperial biographies can tell us about the general politics and workings of government (secular and ecclesiastic). She is currently writing a book on Justinian and collaborating on a Byzantine Greek Reader which will include texts from the 4th century to the 15th century. Since 2000, she has taught in the Classics Department of King’s College, London and since 2007, has worked for the Roman Society, a society that promotes Roman Studies.

Price: Free to members. £3.00 for non-members.

Email: jeremyberkoff@mac.com

Organiser: Jeremy Berkoff

Lecturer: Dr Fiona Haarer, Visiting Research Fellow, Classics Deptartment, King’s College, London

Region: London

Branch: Hampstead and North West London

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