Saturday 30 September
12:30 - 13:30

These Romans Are Crazy: How Asterix and Obelix can help us understand the age of alternative facts

Critical Animals

The Gallic Wars were fought in the first century BCE between the Roman forces of Julius Caesar and the Gauls. When Caesar’s forces gained the upper hand they committed a slaughter so bloody and widespread that historian Mary Beard considers it by today’s standards a war crime. What then prompted two Frenchmen in the 1960s to revisit and revise this massacre creating a tale of a tiny village that allowed its inhabitants to ‘biff’’ the Romans all over Europe? A performance lecture addressing how being historically hoodwinked as children has made us a passive audience to the lies our leaders tell us.

Matt Abotomey

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