From Herodotus to Heywood the tomb story of the legendary Assyrian queen, Semiramis, has a rich history within the classical tradition. This seminar will discuss the progression of sources from antiquity to the early modern period, focusing on Herodotus, Plutarch and, among early modern authors, Thomas Heywood. The seminar argues that the continued circulation of the story of Semiramis’s tomb can be attributed to its flexibility and the moralising tone. Additionally, the seminar considers how these authors adapted this famous story to suit their intended audience, the agenda of their work and their societal context.


About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Classics and Ancient History seminars are followed by a wine-and-cheese reception ($2 coin donation per person). Enquiries about the seminars may be made to Associate Professor Tom Stevenson.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for 2017 can be found at


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