University of Kentucky history professor to address USAO students

Headshot of Professor David Gargola of the University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky history professor to address USAO students


The USAO history department will host Dr. Daniel Gargola of the University of Kentucky as the last in a series of guest speakers during the spring 2017 trimester. Gargola will speak in the USAO Ballroom on Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The topic of Gargola’s lecture is “The Fall of the Roman Republic in Western Political Thought.” It traces how Rome’s shift from republic to empire has shaped the political ideologies of western culture since the change actually happened. Gargola will examine the factors that scholars throughout history have considered critical in the collapse of Republican Rome. The talk will conclude with an open-ended question and answer period with the audience.

“Dr. Gargola is one the most knowledgeable living scholars on ancient Rome” said Dr. Kevin Crow, professor of history at USAO. “Roman history remains a fascinating topic all these centuries later, and has always been of particular interest to political theorists. Many people draw parallels between Rome and the modern United States, and Gargola’s discussion of the shift from republic to empire should be a particularly timely subject.”

Gargola’s latest book is The Romans: From Village to Empire, a collaborative work co-authored by Mary T. Boatwright, Noel Lenski and Richard J.A. Talbert. The text covers Roman history from its earliest beginnings to the end of the western empire, which ushered in the medieval period in Europe. Publishers’ Weekly calls it “an elegantly written and beautifully crafted study” and “a first-rate and definitive history of the city.”

Gargola earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina in 1988. He has published numerous works on the subject of Roman culture and history, including Lands, Laws, and Gods: Magistrates and Ceremony in the Regulation of Public Lands in Republican Rome (509-27 B.C.). T.J. Cornell of University College, London, called this work “an excellent treatment of an important subject…it will…interest students of comparative politics, religion, and anthropology.”