Pursuing Mithridates VI Eupator: The Campaigns of L. Licinius Lucullus

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact: Connie Rodriguez · rodrigue@loyno.edu · 865-2287

Location: Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall

A Lecture by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl

Professor Harl will follow in the footsteps of L. Licinius Lucullus, one of the three great commanders of the late Roman Republic.  Lucullus defeated and pursued King Mithridates VI of Pontus (121-63 B.C.) across Asia Minor.  Lucullus’ pursuit climaxed at the decisive Battle of Tigranocerta (69 B.C.) that made Rome hegemon of the Near East for the next five centuries.  The battlefield is now identified as east of Batman in southeastern Turkey. Following Lucullus’ footsteps also reveals the limits of ancient communications and logistics, and so the limits of Roman power beyond the Mediterranean shores.

Dr. Harl is professor of Ancient History in the Department of History at Tulane University.  His areas of interest include the all aspects of the history of Greece and Rome, Byzantine history and numismatics.  His numerous publications range from topics on imperial images on coins to ancient religious practices to ancient military campaigns and strategies.   Dr. Harl’s most recent projects include Imperial Rome and Her Iranian Foes, a book length study of the Roman frontier on the Euphrates and imperial Rome’s policy in the Middle East between the second century B.C. and the seventh century A.D.  The book is not only on literary, numismatic, and epigraphical sources, but also reflects Dr. Harl’s expertise in the historical topography and archaeology of Asia Minor, and provides a comparison to the comparable frontiers of the Ottoman Porte and British Raj, and a course on Alexander the Great, consisting of 36 half hour lectures with handbook, produced on DVD/VHS by Teaching Company.    

Free admission and free parking on campus

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Classical Studies program and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America



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