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lecture by Alessandro Barbero

sat 09 february 2019 from h 11.00 to h 13.00
Casa Cava
Via S. Pietro Barisano, 47 Matera (MT)
Free - while seats last

Suitable for all

Alessandro Barbero is the first guest in the cycle of five lectures delivered by some of the most distinguished contemporary historians. The lectures will investigate the European dimension by reflecting on the human urge to cross borders, whether driven by curiosity or despair, hunger or the desire to conquer and always transforming themselves and others.

The Roman Empire was not a European empire. The areas along the rivers Rhine and Danube that are at the heart of the West to us today, were considered nothing but remote suburbs overlooking the ‘barbaricum’ by the Roman citizens.

A century and a half later, the victory of Charles Martel in Poitiers put an end to the Arab expansion and was welcomed by a chronicler of the time as the victory of the “europenses”. Charles Martel’s nephew, Charlemagne, would be later hailed as the “King Father of Europe”. The lost provinces of the Empire, subdued by the barbarians, had built a strong identity of their own and would soon set out to conquer the world.

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