The Annual John Percival Postgate Lecture with Professor Greg Woolf.
In this lecture, Professor Greg Woolf will discuss the history of the shifting and tangled relationship between imperialism and religious change at Rome. This is the period so brilliantly illuminated by the religious thought of Cicero that it has sometimes seemed typical of classical Republican religion. Woolf's argument is that the reverse is true, that this period is exceptional in a series of ways that makes it possible to speak of religious fundamentalism at Rome, or a temporary closing of the Roman religious mind.Greg Woolf is a cultural historian of the Roman Empire and surrounding regions. Much of his work uses social theory to connect archaeological and historical information about antiquity. Since January 2015, he has been the Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, and Professor of Classics at the University of London.