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Decline and Fall or Crises and Resilience? Lessons from the Western Roman Empire

Mon, March 27, 2023
Dinner Program
Michele Salzman

Michele Renee Salzman, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside and author of The Falls of Rome: Crises, Resilience and Resurgence in Late Antiquity, will address why traditional explanations for the “decline and fall of Rome” are flawed, and explore the potential value of adopting the social science concept of resilience not just for the past, but for contemporary society.


Michele Renee Salzman is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, where she has taught since 1995. Her research focuses on the religious, political and social history of Ancient Rome, with a strong emphasis on the use of material evidence to explain the past. She has published four books, including her most recent, The Falls of Rome, published by Cambridge University Press. She has co-edited three others, including serving as the general editor of The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World, also published by Cambridge University Press. 

Salzman has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and at The American Academy in Rome; the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem; a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant; and Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa. 

Salzman was elected vice president for Programs for the Society of Classical Studies (2015-2018); and trustee for the Council of the School of Classical Studies to the American Academy in Rome (2016-2019). In addition to her other professional activities, she is currently an associate editor for Studies in Late Antiquity.


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