The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program: Aemilius Paullus and the Antigonids


Monday, February 3, 2014 - 1:30pm


Art Building West, University of Iowa
The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program, with the support of the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, presents:

Thomas Rose
"Aemilius Paullus and the Antigonids"

Abstract: The crushing victory of the Roman general Lucius Aemilius Paullus over the Macedonian king Perseus at Pydna in 168 B.C. put an end to the separate national existence of Macedonia. Aemilius Paullus celebrated his victory by appropriating a Macedonian monument in the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi for his own use. This was a bold statement of the magnitude of Aemilius Paullus' personal power and accomplishments, the end of the Antigonid dynasty that had ruled Macedonia for five generations, and the arrival of Roman supremacy. The speaker suggests that victory monuments recalling or interacting with earlier Antigonid constructions were erected by or for Aemilius Paullus to make similar statements at Athens, Delos, and Samothrace.
Bio: Thomas Rose is a PhD candidate in Classics at the University of Iowa. His primary area of research is Greek history in the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C., in particular the careers of the Macedonian Successors of Alexander the Great. He is currently at work on his dissertation, a historical commentary on Plutarch's Life of Demetrius. Thomas spent the 2012/13 academic year as the Phillip Lockhart Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens where he conducted the research that forms the basis of his talk today. 


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