The Making of Portugal: Historic Origins with Nadia Rodrigues

The Making of Portugal: Historic Origins with Nadia Rodrigues


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Often pondering just why Portugal is not part of Spain? Or how come the symbol of Portugal is a rooster? When was Portugal created as a kingdom or what is the origin of the Portuguese language? This seminar hopes to both address and answer these questions as we focus on the origins of Portugal.

It is not easy to choose a moment to start the history of Portugal. However, the beginning of the Roman Era - 5th century BC - is an option. During this period, there were already people inhabiting the land, and their diversity explains the creation of distinct Roman provinces. We’ll learn that after the fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century AD), the Iberian Peninsula was highly affected. The invasions of Germanic tribes, such as Vandals, Suevi and Visigoths, as well as the Iranian-nomadic Alans, reshaped the once peaceful Roman Hispania. We’ll discuss that as cities were plundered and burnt to ashes, a new order emerged, with its capital in Braga. The new kingdom, ruled by a Suevi monarch, did not last for more than one century and a half. It was soon integrated into the Kingdom of the Visigoths; ending in 711 AD, as a result of a struggle for the throne that opposed two princes.

We’ll move on to learning about the Moorish invasion of the Peninsula and the flight of the former monarchs to the Cantabrian Mountains. From there, we’ll learn how they started (re)conquering the territories that were once part of their kingdom, dividing it into counties, such as the one of Portugal (868 AD). Vimara Peres, Mumadona Dias, Henry of Burgundy, and Teresa of Aragon, are some of the characters that took essential roles in the history of this County. The "plot twist" happened when a young nobleman decided that he didn't want to obey his cousin anymore, and proclaimed himself the king of Portugal, in 1139 AD.

Led by an expert on History, Nadia Rodrigues, this interactive seminar will give details on the origins of Portugal. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a piece of increased knowledge about Portuguese language and culture.

Nadia Rodrigues was born in Porto and studied in Coimbra. She has a Masters in History of Art and is highly interested in Medieval and Sephardic history. Her curious and inquisitive personality allows her to discuss wide-ranging topics on her home country of Portugal.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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