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Pax Romana: Peace, Pacification, and the Ethics of Empire

Pax Romana: Peace, Pacification, and the Ethics of Empire
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Apr 4th, 4:15 pm End: Apr 4th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Law, Faculty of , History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Ethics, Classics (FAS)
Talk by Clifford Ando


Pax Romana: Peace, Pacification, and the Ethics of Empire


Public Lectures

A Centre for Ethics Public Lecture by

Clifford Ando
University of Chicago
David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor
Professor of Classics, History and Law and in the College
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Ancient Religions, University of Chicago
Research Fellow, Department of Classics and World Languages, University of South Africa


Contemporary scholarship tends to assimilate empires to one another as kindred in form, and likewise construes the experience of conquest and subjection in light of supposedly universal ideologies of autonomy and rebellion. However, the ancient Mediterranean in general—and Rome in particular—should be differentiated from such claims. Roman theory and practice in governing conquered populations must be understood as arising in a situation of weak state power. This has profound implications for how they understood the ethics of empire.
Free and open to the public. Registration required. Reception to follow the lecture.

Tue, Apr 4, 2017
04:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
1 Devonshire Place


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