From the Panhellenic games of the sixth century BCE, to the Persian invasions of 479 BCE, the Emperor Nero’s disastrous tour of Greece in 66 CE, and Justinian’s fortifications of the sixth century, the Corinthian Isthmus captured the imagination of kings and emperors, philosophers and orators, traders and merchants, and missionaries and preachers as a place of congregation and competition. In this talk, David Pettegrew will take us through the layers of Corinth’s landscape to explain how its Isthmus became the most famous, consequential, and contested land bridge of the ancient world.
Dr. Pettegrew is an Associate Professor of History at Messiah College. He has led or participated in excavations and surveys in both the Corinthia of Greece and Cyprus. His forthcoming book is The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World.
The lecture is sponsored by the Departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies. For additional information contact Dr. Linda Jones Hall, Dept of History, firstname.lastname@example.org