The biennial Fordyce Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Missouri, comprising a public address and three graduate and undergraduate seminars, is one of the most prestigious guest lectureships in the field of classical history. Colby Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman was selected to deliver the series in Columbia, Mo., this year, Oct. 11-14.
The lectures highlight Roisman’s expertise in Greek and Roman history and historiography and his knowledge of Greek rhetoric. The public lecture is titled “Home Intrusion: The Public/Private Divide and Sexuality in Ancient Athens.” Seminars will be: “Craterus and the Macedonian Veterans after Alexander’s Death,” “Perdiccas’ Invasion of Egypt,” and “The Silver Shields and their Historian, Hieronymus of Cardia.” Some of the material is based on his current book project on Alexander the Great’s veterans.
Highly regarded among classicists in the United States and Europe, the Fordyce Mitchel lectureship was last awarded to Christopher Pelling, Regius Professor at Oxford University. Information on Roisman’s lectures is available on the University of Missouri website, and his lectures will be published following the lectureship.