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CONTINUING EDUCATION LECTURES (article first published : 2002-08-6)

Over the next six weeks or so, the University of Natal Durban’s Unit for Continuing Education will host lecture programmes dealing with the Roman Empire and Europe’s cultural heritage.

The first programme is titled Faces Of Power - Representation of the Ruler in the Roman Empire. When Augustus emerged as the successor of the assassinated Julius Caesar he transformed the Roman Republic and laid the foundations of a system of imperial government which extended from Europe to North Africa and the Middle East and lasted for a further 500 years. Images of the Caesars dominated public space and the official coinage, literature reflected the reality of power, even private art and manners mirrored the court. Augustus' success lay not merely in political, but in cultural revolution.

This course of three lectures illustrated by slides considers some of the material remains of imperial Rome - art, architecture, artefacts - as they reflect the discourse of power in the age of Augustus and the later empire:

August 7: Heirs Of Alexander - The iconography of the ruler, and personality cult, from Alexander the Great and the Ptolemies in Egypt to the Caesars; Augustus' appropriation of Roman religion

August 14: Turning Bricks Into Marble - Monumental sculpture and architecture; the transformation of public and private space

August 21: I, Julia - Iconography of “the women of the Caesars”; gender and power

Lecturer will be Anne Gosling who is a senior lecturer in Classics at the University of Natal, Durban. Her research interests include Latin poetry and satire, the early Roman Empire, and Roman imperial coinage. Lectures will take place at 19h15 in Shepstone 5 at the University of Natal, Durban. Fee: R60.

The Twelfth Century - Crucible of Europe is a series of five illustrated lectures seeking to introduce participants to one of the highlights of Europe’s cultural heritage: the period of the Middle Ages centring round the 12th century, when radical changes transformed almost every field of life and culture and prefigured the later transition to modernity.

The programme includes Framework For Change by Michael Spencer (August 12); Music in the Twelfth Century: Goliards, Troubadours, Trouveres and Musicians in the Church by Beverly Parker (August 19); and From Romanesque To Gothic by Dennis Claude (August 26). The lectures continue in September with The Mediaeval Town by Walter Peters (September 2) and The New Literatures: Knights and Troubadours by Elizabeth de Kadt (September 9)

The course will be offered by current and ex University of Natal staff members. Lectures take place at 19h15 in 167, Memorial Tower Building. Fee R100.

More details from Sue Budd, Head, Unit for Continuing Education, University of Natal on 031 260-2569 (w); 031 26-2056 (h) or fax 031 260-2853 (w), or email: budd@nu.ac.za




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