This seminar explores the way in which Livy used landscape in his history to mediate themes of knowledge. It investigates questions concerning Livy's epistemological frameworks and how they were constituted in his narratives of the landscape and geography, and how his characters understood them and were shown to use that knowledge in the history. In particular, the seminar concentrates on case-studies from the victory of L. Aemilius Paulus over Perseus at the battle of Pydna in book 44, the ill-fated expedition of Perseus’s father, Philip, to the Haemus mountains in book 40, and Scipio’s capture of New Carthage in Spain in book 26. The seminar proposes that the effectiveness of knowledge in and about the landscape, in both acquisition and use, is wedded to the representation of an empirical unity of natural, religious and political components into a system of ‘moral knowledge’, which victorious Roman commanders display and deploy.

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