Lecture in conjunction with ‘Dionysus’ exhibition

Presenter: Professor Alastair Blanshard

It is best to avoid the Gods. They tend to leave tragedy in their wake. This lecture revisits stories about the arrival of Dionysus into communities and the chaos that ensues. It examines what it is about Dionysus that makes him such a difficult god to welcome, but also why it might be worth the effort to do so. It also examines why stories about the travels of Dionysus should prove so popular in antiquity. From the mountains of Spain through to India, Greeks and Romans could point to monuments, institutions, and natural features that were evidence of Dionysus’ one-time presence in their local region.

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 (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) 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 (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) 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 https://alumni.uq.edu.au/friends-of-antiquity