This seminar explores the relationship between Rome and Sicily by demonstrating the striking degree to which landscape and associated features determined Roman discourse about this island in the first century BC. This is particularly true in the works of Virgil, whose Aeneid and Eclogues present a Sicily that engages with contemporary Roman conceptions of the island. Through the analysis of key Sicilian landscapes in these two works this seminar demonstrates how Virgil interacts with, and reinforces, the conceptions of his contemporary audiences.

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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