Anthony Everitt gives lecture about Augustus and Carthage

18 December 2014

Anthony Everitt at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden during a prior lectureAnthony Everitt at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden during a prior lecture

On December 18, the National Museum of Antiquities closes the 'August Year' with a lecture by Anthony Everitt, entitled The Secret of Empire. This British writer and classicist has written a biography of Augustus. Prior to the lecture, museum curator Ruurd Halbertsma talks shortly about the relationship between Augustus and Carthage, in the context of the current exhibition Carthage.

The secret of Empire

In the early years of empire, the Romans acted brutally and corruptly. The sack of Carthage was a low point for cruelty and short-sightedness. ANTHONY EVERITT argues that the greatness of Augustus lay in his competence.  He worked on the principle that Roman rule would only thrive if it was well-managed. This was a historic turning-point, for good management would foster consent and, through the centuries, the inhabitants of the empire welcomed the stability and order which it brought. 

  • date: Thursday 18 December 2014
  • start: 19.30 (doors open from 19.00)
  • location: Temple Hall
  • costs: free (excl. museum entrance)
  • sign up: not necesarry
  • language: English