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Manchester Classical Association's Fourth Annual Whitehead Lecture

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Please join us for the Manchester and District Classical Association's Fourth Annual Whitehead Lecture, the flagship event of our public lecture series, where we will also announce the winner of this year's Whitehead Prize. This event is open to all and celebrates the work of the CA and our promotion of Classics and Ancient History locally. This year's Whitehead lecture will be held in the Geoffrey Manton Building at ManMet, whose Ancient History department contributes to teaching, research and knowledge exchange in Classics and Ancient History in the region.


Our speaker this year is Professor Helen King (The Open University), on the topic of:

‘Does the Evidence Really Say That? Doing Ancient History in the Internet Age’

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The internet has changed how we do history of any kind. Primary sources are readily available to anyone with an interest in finding them, and more secondary material is available every day. But how do we evaluate the reliability of the evidence we find, and - even more importantly - how can we ensure that those with a general interest in ancient history have access to good materials? I've recently finished writing a book on how the internet does the ancient world, with special reference to Hippocrates. As part of this, I've engaged with some entirely fictional claims about the 'Father of Medicine' which now circulate widely, including the claims that he was the first to describe hysteria, and that he was imprisoned for twenty years for challenging the establishment. I suggest that, in some ways, there's nothing new here: people have always told the stories they like and have played fast and loose with the evidence. But, in other ways, things have changed: access to bad history is now more widespread than ever.

Helen King is Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at Open University, where she worked from 2011-17, after having spent an illustrious career teaching and researching in Classics departments including UCL, Cambridge, Newcastle, Liverpool, Reading, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, and University of Victoria, British Columbia, among others. She is internationally renowned for her seminal work on Ancient medicine and the body, in particular on women's bodies and how they were understood by the Greeks and Romans, and how these views came to shape eighteenth century gynaecological and sexological discourse. Topics such as visual representations of the womb, virginity, childbirth and obstetrics, and menstruation feature largely in some of her ground-breaking publications.


All attendees will be invited to join us for a drinks reception following the talk.

For more information on the Manchester Classical Association, details of other public lectures and the work we do please visit our website at https://www.manchesterca.org.uk/, and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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