The Importance of Understanding the Past: Greece, China, Mesopotamia

Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Senior Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute

An analysis of the social and intellectual institutions that favoured or inhibited innovation in the study of science, medicine and religion in ancient Greece, China and Mesopotamia. How did these states act to balance the role of the state in supporting research and individual freedom with the state's need to pursue its own agenda? Understanding the past and how and why others belief systems changed–or didn't–is vital in the world we live in today.

Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd is Senior Scholar in Residence at the Needham Research Institute. He was Professor of Classics at Cambridge University until his retirement in 2000. He was knighted for "services to the history of thought" in 1997 and received the Kenyon Medal for Classical Scholarship from the British Academy in 2007.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
Building 320 - Room 105, Main Quad

Classics Department