"From Salammbô to Alix, Jacques Martin's Carthage between literature and history", by Hédi Dridi


Public lecture - Thursday 24 January at 7 p.m.

By Hédi Dridi, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Neuchâtel

A lecture in the context of the temporary exhibition “ArchéoAlix: Antiquity imag(in)ed by Jacques Martin”

Jacques Martin always openly recognised his debt to Gustave Flaubert and Salammbô; it was this novel above all that underpinned his interest in Antiquity. His first contact with Carthage was therefore literary. However, between “L’île maudite”, published in the 1950s and “Le spectre de Carthage” which appeared in album format in 1977, his depiction of Carthage and Carthaginian culture evolved considerably. Like his model, Martin took care not to be wrong-footed by the archaeologists and historians who criticised him; “Le spectre de Carthage” attests to his work of documentation and more especially to the attention he paid to the most recent developments in ongoing archaeological research at the time. The speaker used some examples from Martin’s “Carthaginian” work, juxtaposed with archaeological fact, to illustrate the efforts he made in this context.

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