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  • Lauritsen Lecture, "Ancient Greek Infantry Combat: What can Modern Riots Tell Us?" April 17, 4pm

    The Frederick and Catherine Lauritsen Lecture in Ancient History
    "Ancient Greek Infantry Combat: What Can Modern Riots Tell Us?"

    Professor Jon E. Lendon
    Corcoran Department of History
    University of Virgina

    Thursday, April 17, 4:00pm
    1210 Heller Hall

    The controversy about what exactly happened in an ancient Greek hoplite battle--a controversy that goes back to the '30s of the last century--simply continues to ramify, with new books on the subject published in 2009 and 2012. Did battle come down to a gigantic pushing match between the hoplites on either side (the othismos of the ancient texts) or was it a matter of spear-fighting? How could battles last for hours without the soldiers on both sides becoming exhausted? This lecture begins with an illustrated introduction to ancient Greek infantry fighting and weapons and goes on to try to answer some of the outstanding questions about hoplite warfare on the basis of video footage of riots in Japan and South Korea.

    Lendon Lauritsen 2014 FINAL.pdf

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  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

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