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Growing up in the shadow of Rome: Marx's Materialism and the Ruins of Trier

In this paper, Professor Hall seeks to reconstruct Marx’s formative experiences in his birth place of Trier.

Karl Marx’s birthplace in Trier – home to the modern Marx Museum and Centre – is justly famous. But Karl was only 15 months old when his parents moved from that address to other premises in the city. In this paper, Professor Hall seeks to reconstruct Marx’s formative experiences in Trier, a city steeped in the Classical past with its triumphant arch, roman baths and palace of the Emperor Constantine.

Marx was very much the child of the European Enlightenment and this talk emphasises his lifelong debt to his birthplace and its heritage derived from the Classical world

Professor Edith Hall holds a Research Chair at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is author of many books on Classical culture and history, including Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun and Theorising Performance.


Professor Edith Hall | talks


Date and Time:

28 March 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Marx Memorial Library
37a Clerkenwell Green

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