In this talk Henry Clarke (Teaching Fellow in Roman History and Culture, University of Leeds) drew links between his teaching on Ancient Empires and the Roman World and his research into local responses to the Roman Empire.
He looked specifically at tales of resistance by non-Romans to either the advances of the Empire or of Roman power and control. Boudicca is perhaps the best known example of ‘British’ resistance to Rome, whilst the fate of the pre-Roman city of Numantia in Spain is a strong example of an ancient event that has been adapted to serve as a Modern Spanish symbol of the nation and its power to defend itself.
He began by outlining classical literary accounts of Boudicca and Numantia, before exploring how their stories have been adopted and adapted over the centuries into the National Symbols we see today.
Resistance talk Handout (pdf download, 1893kB)
Henry has previously talked about Ancient and Modern Rowing (link to the page with the uploaded talk).