In the run-up to the publication of her new book, Mark Antony and Popular Culture (coming soon from I.B. Tauris), Rachael will be giving a talk about the legendary Roman general as part of the Belfast Book Festival 2014 at the Crescent Arts Centre.
From the festival programme:
"Who was Mark Antony? Lover or soldier? Leader or bon vivant? Hero of the old Republic or traitor of Rome? From Plutarch to Shakespeare, from Richard Burton to James Purefoy, popular culture has imagined him as the tragic hero, dashing but deeply flawed--a man who threw away an empire for love. But history is written by the winners, and the winners in the struggle for Rome were no friends of Antony.
"In this talk, Dr. Rachael Kelly discusses her forthcoming book, Mark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an Icon, and looks at how Roman political invective has masqueraded as fact in shaping the way we think of a man who almost ruled the known world."
The event will be held on Thursday 12 June at 13:00. Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from the Belfast Book Festival website.