Herodotus is vitally important evidence for our understanding of early Greek maritime religion. Yet he has rarely been used to research this topic. This seminar explores Herodotus’s religious views and especially his multifaceted treatment of maritime-related religious practices. It focusses on how he wrote about winds and storms at sea, and how this compares to general Greek and Persian views about these risky phenomena. Through these examples the seminar explores the religions practices that the Greeks and Persians undertook when faced with destructive weather at the sea.

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 http://www.friendsofantiquity.org.au.


Michie Building (9)