'End of the Roman Empire' begins MSU humanities speaker series

Contact: Kenneth Billings

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Noted British historian and author Adrian Goldsworthy will be guest speaker Wednesday [Oct. 14] when Mississippi State's Institute for the Humanities launches its 2009-10 Distinguished Speaker Series.

Free and open to all, Goldworthy's presentation, "End of Empire: The Slow Decay of the Roman Superpower," gets under way at 4 p.m. in the university's McCool Hall atrium.

The program is based on his latest book, "How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower" (Yale University Press, 2009).

Goldsworthy holds a doctorate from St John's College, Oxford University. Following a two-year research fellowship at Cardiff University, he taught briefly at King's College in London before being named to an assistant professorship at the University of Notre Dame, also in London.

In addition to "End of Empire," he has seven other books in print. He appears frequently in documentaries produced for the BBC, and Discovery, History and National Geographic channels.

For additional biographical information, visit www.adriangoldsworthy.com/author.htm.

For more information on the Oct. 14 program, telephone 662-325-2646.

For more information about Mississippi State University, see http://www.msstate.edu/.

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 05:00