Professor Neville Morley Inaugural Lecture

 Thucydides and the Politics of Truth

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free - advance booking advised

Purple Lecture Theatre, Newman Building - University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QD

5th October 2017 at 5.30 pm

Running time: 1 hour

Professor Neville Morley, Department of Classics and Ancient History will be giving his inaugural lecture on Thursday 5 October 2017 at 5.30pm in the Newman Purple Lecture Theatre on the Streatham Campus.

Post-truth. Populism. Democracy in crisis. Increasingly polarised rhetoric. These contemporary symptoms of a society in crisis were prefigured in the work of the fifthcentury BCE Greek writer Thucydides – with the promise that anyone reading his account would gain a true understanding not only of past events but of the present and future.

Thucydides is still treated as an authority today – but with radically different ideas about what we can learn from him. This lecture will argue that he does not offer maxims or laws, but a training in how to make sense of a complex world in which ‘truth’ itself is in dispute.

The lecture will be followed by drinks reception in the Newman Building foyer from 6.30 - 8.30pm.

All are welcome to attend.

To book your place at this event, please contact the College of Humanities Dean’s Office (e-mail: or telephone: 01392 726315/5072).