On The Wings of Locusts: 125 BCE Between Climate Change and Politics — a Talk by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

This is an online lecture (Eastern Time)

In 125 BCE, a massive swarm of locusts swept across North Africa, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. How can we understand the appearance of this swarm—as an index of climate change in the Roman Mediterranean? as a catalyst for responses to Roman imperialism in the decades that followed? as a spur for writing a history of the ancient world that weaves climate change together with political-institutional transformation?

Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Associate Professor of Classics, and associated faculty in African American Studies and affiliated faculty in the Programs of Latino Studies and Latin American Studies, at Princeton University. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin 2015) and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic (Princeton 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge 2017) and Making the Middle Republic: New Approaches to Rome and Italy, c. 400 – 200 BCE (Cambridge 2023). His next book is entitled Classicism and Other Phobias.

This talk is being held in the context of BISR’s Language Learning and Critique program, an innovative approach to classical languages and their ever-changing scenes of reception. RSVPs will receive a link to the Zoom meeting room where the talk will be held.

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Course Schedule

Monday, 6:30pm ET
March 11, 2024


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