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Media Advisory: MU Corps of Discovery Lecturer to Discuss Alexander the Great’s Successor, Ptolemy I of Egypt

September 29th, 2016

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: Ian Worthington, Curators Distinguished Professor of History, will deliver this year’s 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture: “Ptolemy I of Egypt: Alexander the Great’s Greatest Successor?”

Ptolemy (367-283) was a friend and personal bodyguard of Alexander, fighting with him in the epic battles that toppled the Persian Empire and fashioned a Macedonian Empire stretching from Greece to India. Worthington will focus his lecture on Ptolemy who distinguished himself from Alexander’s other generals.

The Corps of Discovery Lecture is an annual event featuring an outstanding MU faculty member to commemorate the contributions of the Lewis and Clark expedition and to inspire and unite the university community. Reinforcing “Discovery,” one of the university’s core values, the lecture is intended to represent MU’s diverse academics in science, art, humanities, law, medicine, engineering, education, journalism and business.

WHO: Ian Worthington, Curators Distinguished Professor of History in the MU College of Arts and Science

WHEN: 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29

WHERE: Stotler Lounge, 103 Memorial Union North, MU Campus

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, visit