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Two-part lecture event to explore empire and culture

The John W. Altman Humanities Scholar-in-Residence Program and the classics department will present a two-part lecture event, "Imperialism and Ancient Culture," Nov. 19-21 and Jan. 20-21.

The lectures will examine the interactions between culture and its historical context, particularly the influence exerted by empire on the production and interpretation of culture in two historical periods: Periclean Athens and Augustan Rome.

Two classical scholars will be in-residence at Miami for both sections and will work with students, faculty and staff in public lectures, classroom visits and a brown-bag lunch open forum.

Public lectures include:

• Wednesday, Nov. 19, Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University, "The Art of Democracy in Classical Athens."

• Thursday, Nov. 20, Suzanne Saïd, Columbia University, "From the Present to the Past or How to Retroject Imperialism."

• Tuesday, Jan. 20, Alessandro Barchiesi, University of Siena and Stan-ford University, "Virgilian Geopoetics."

• Wednesday, Jan. 21, David Mattingly, University of Leicester, "Augustan Imperialism and the Garamantes of the Libyan Sahara."

All lectures begin at 4 p.m. in the Miami University Art Museum, with receptions following.

The first brown-bag lunch will be held with Shapiro and Saïd at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in 100 Irvin Hall. Students and faculty are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible by contacting the classics department, 9-1480.

Date Published: 11/13/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 15

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