Alexander the Great : order and chaos


Jan 24, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
followed by dinner


Smith library


Salmagundi Library Committee
Columbia University Heyman Center


Open to the public; up to 40 seats
Eventbrite RSVP required
Separate reservation required for dinner

$15 | General admission
FREE | Salmagundi Club, Coffee House Club, and NL Club members with promo code
The member-only promo code is sent in an email to all members, and can also be requested by contacting
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About the Event

The most important facets and features of the remarkable Alexander — perhaps the most extraordinary historical figure from Greco-Roman antiquity, in terms both of his socio-political importance in his own time and of his weight of reputation in his long after-life in antiquity and beyond.

Professor Ma and Heyman Center Chair Gareth Williams will be on hand at 7:30 for dinner and a discussion of this and other series at Columbia’s Heyman Center. Ticketholders may reserve for dinner by making a reservation via our Reservations page with the message “Library Talk Dinner”.

About the Speaker

John Ma, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics, Columbia University. Professor Ma is a world expert in the Age of Alexander and one of the most renowned scholars currently working on that period. He joined the Columbia Classics Department in 2015, after working at Corpus Christi College and the Faculty of Classics at Oxford for fifteen years. He received a B.A. (Literae Humaniores) and D.Phil. (Ancient History) from Oxford University.

About Columbia’s Heyman Center

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.

Heyman Center members and anyone interested in attending future lectures at Columbia should contact Lisette Oblitos-Cruz to confirm they are fully registered for this and other colloquiums. Lisette will also collect RSVPs for Heyman members attending dinner on the 24th. You can reach Lisette by email ( or phone (212-854-4631).

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