School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Rethinking the Past

Join scholars from across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, who in a new series of public lectures will challenge popular beliefs and reassess intriguing events from throughout history. The lectures will take place between 10th and 13th August 2015.

Entrance to the Anatomical Museum

Question and re-inform

These events will delve into contested aspects of history; the elite Roman military, the state of Scottish politics, the wild man of the ancient world, and the French national identity crisis.

Calling upon historical evidence, strategies and interpretations to support their arguments, the academics will question and re-inform accepted historical accounts of these topics, whilst revealing their own research and points of view.

The events will also be followed by interactive question and answer sessions, giving members of the audience a chance to voice their own opinions and engage in some lively debate.

Dr David Kaufman of the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and organiser of this latest series of lectures said: “These events will offer new ideas about some interesting milestones in history, and in an entertaining way assess how convincing accepted historical accounts actually are.”


The lectures are taking place throughout August and will be held at 1pm in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh,  EH8 9AG.

How to find the venue

Free attendance

These events are open to all and are free to attend.