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Forthcoming Events

 

Winter Lecture Series

 

The Origins and Growth of Pictish Identity.

 

3rd Online lecture in our winter program.

Friday 20 November

Dr Nicholas Evans

The Origins and Growth of Pictish Identity: Glass half full or half empty.

The Origins and Growth of Pictish Identity: Glass half full or glass half empty?

This paper discusses the issue of when people in northern Britain came to regard themselves as Picts. Considering the written evidence alongside archaeology, the idea that the Picts only called themselves Picts from the late seventh century onward, whereas before it was solely an external Classical term, will be challenged. While the question cannot, from the surviving evidence be proven either way, it will be argued that the balance of probability indicates that Picti was a widespread term used inside the Roman empire which also came to be current north of the frontier of Roman Britain, continuing in use through the influence of Christianity.

Dr Nicholas Evans is a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust funded ‘Comparative Kingship: the Early Medieval Kingdoms of Northern Britain and Ireland’ project led by Professor Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen. Nicholas’s research focuses on the Celtic-speaking peoples of Britain and Ireland, and he has published on the northern Picts, Pictish geography, king-lists and origin legends, as well as on the Irish chronicles. He has taught at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Aberdeen, Hull, and University College Dublin.

Zoom link will be provided by email to PAS members.

 

4th Lecture of our winter series.

Dr Alex Woolf

Rethinking the disappearance of the Picts: From Pictland to Alba 12 years on.

Zoom link will be provided by email to PAS members.