Colloquium: T.P. Wiseman, "Life in the Streets, or Why Historians Should Read the Poets"

April 10, 2018 - 5:00pm
2217 Seamans Center

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Please join us on Tuesday, April 10 for our last Classics Colloquium of the Spring! T.P. Wiseman, Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter, will be giving a talk titled “Life in the Street, or Why Historians Should Read the Poets” at 5:00pm in 2217 Seamans Center.

Professor T.P. Wiseman’s talk is intended to counteract modern historians' very abstract conception of the Roman People. He will simply present some poetic texts, from Lucilius to Juvenal, as illustrations of life in the streets of Rome, with a little help from material remains in Pompeii and Herculaneum and the evidence, long neglected, of the urban 'gazette' known as acta populi. Ciceronian texts are also employed, to disprove the persistent but erroneous belief that the People took no active part in republican political life.​

A reception with food and beverages will follow the talk. All are welcome!

This event is sponsored by Syllecta Classica.