Roman writers on massacres

Classics Seminars

Classics Seminar Series

School of Humanities & Social Science (Classics),
The University of Newcastle
2011, Semester 1

Held in Cultural Collections (near the Information Common),
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

Friday 11 March, 11am – Noon

Jane Bellemore
Roman writers on massacres

What to us is a massacre – the slaughter of innocent women and children, or of non-combatants, including soldiers who have laid down arms – was not the understanding of Roman writers of the Classical period. In this paper, I will consider episodes detailed in the writings by Caesar, Livy and Tacitus to show that non-combatants, unable to fight by reason of lack of weapons, age or sex, were still deemed legitimate military targets.

Possible remains of ancient Britons massacred by Romans

Possible remains of ancient Britons massacred by Romans

Dorset County: http://www.culture24.org.uk/history+%26+heritage/archaeology/art69369

Staff, students and members of the public are welcome

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