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10 March 2020Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend
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Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend Dr Neil Faulkner Tuesday 10 March 2020

Lawrence of Arabia’ is an early 20th century instance of celebrity culture. Neil will analyse the invention and re-invention of the legend from 1919 onwards through memoirs, photos, films, paintings, biographies, and documentaries.

He will then contrast the legend with the biography of the man himself, focusing on key aspects of his early years and his character which equipped him to play – or to seem to play – a particular role in the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918.

In addition, Neil will review the numerous well-preserved archaeological remains of the conflict, mainly along the line of the former Hijaz Railway, which have been the subject of a ten-year programme of field research led by Neil and his close colleague Professor Nick Saunders.