Nationhood in Antiquity. Was There Any Such Thing?: A History Department Colloquium

Colloquium | February 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Erich Gruen, Wood Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Department of History

Did the idea of nationhood have any significance in the ancient world? Or is it simply the importation and imposition of a concept framed in the modern world? Wherein lay the focal point of allegiance or the sense of collective identity in ancient societies? Is the notion of nation an anachronism, even a deception, when applied to antiquity? The talk does not profess to resolve this large and elusive issue. But it explores evidence from the Greeks, the Jews, and the Romans that indicates just how complex and multilayered were the conceptions of their own collectivities.

 Lunch will be provided.