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The ancient Mediterranean Sea was a dangerous place, full of rough weather, long voyages and pirates. Protection for those travelling upon the sea was thought to be vital, and it is not surprising that sailors would do anything to ensure their safe arrival at their destination. One religious action was to pray or to create hymns or songs to different gods or elements for protection. Our speaker will describe one of the few such hymns to survive, on a 3rd century CE papyrus, known as To the Rhodian Winds, or Sailor's Song. Nile is returning from Kythera, Greece, where she has been participating in archaeological research.
Athens took four distinct corps of the armed forces into the Peloponnesian War: cavalry, navy, hoplite, archer. In contrast with the first three, the archer corps has been largely unstudied by military historians, considering its creation in the late 480s being a significant military innovation. Our speaker will focus on four problems concerning the corps: the reason for its creation; its composition; the role of the 10 tribes; its disappearance 80 years later. He aims to resolve these problems and in doing to seeks to redress the neglect of the corps in ancient Greece's military history. Dr Pritchard is Senior Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Queensland. He has recently returned from the University of Strasbourg, France, to which he had won a Research Fellowship for 2018.