Garrett G. Fagan, Penn State University, "The First Grand Strategists?”
Wed, April 23, 2014 • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM • Union 2.102 (Eastwoods Room)
"Strategic Insights from the Ancient World" lecture series offered by the Clements Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft.
In this lecture Garrett G. Fagan considers the geopolitical and military situation in the Ancient Near East, especially in the Early Dynastic III Period of Sumer (ca. 2500-2100 BCE) and the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500-1100 BCE), and explores what the evidence tells us about any supposed "Grand Strategy" the various players were adhering to. He also asks the more basic question of whether or not such early states even had the apparatus to formulate "Grand Strategy" in the first place."
Garrett G. Fagan is Professor of Ancient History at Penn State University. His main research interests lie in the field of Roman history and archaeology, on which he has published two mongraphs (Bathing in Public in the Roman World [Ann Arbor, 1999] and The Lure of the Arena [Cambridge, 2011]). He has edited or co-authored three other books, and has numerous scholarly articles and chapters in print. He has appeared on the acclaimed PBS science series Nova and on the History Channel, and has produced three courses with The Teaching Company, on the History of Ancient Rome, Emperors of Rome, and Great Battles of the Ancient World.