Ancient Carthage was a city of heroines and heroes, and the greatest of all was its founder-queen, Dido, who was immortalised (but also killed) in Virgil’s Aeneid. Too often, however, Dido is read through a purely Roman lens for what she can tell us about Roman culture and ideas. This seminar argues that the basic story of Dido’s foundation of Carthage that has survived for us in Greek and Roman accounts is actually a Carthaginian myth, not simply a story told about the Carthaginians. It also makes the case for the particular importance of this story at Carthage in the early Hellenistic period. The seminar concludes by considering what happens to the story in later imaginations as the story transforms from a local colonial myth to a Roman imperial one.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at