Fugitive Greek and Roman Histories in Modern America

Lauritsen Lecture Series
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Event Location
1210 Heller Hall

271 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Many Americans are familiar with a classicising strain in the eighteenth and nineteenth century America, in which America's new empire formed part of a civilizational relay, succeeding to the vanquished civilizations of ancient Athens, Sparta, and Rome. In recent scholarship, scholars have increasingly turned their attention to the fugitive classical histories that oscillated around this dominant narrative. 

Fugitive Greek and Roman Histories in Modern America will be presented by Professor Emily Greenwood (Harvard University). Drawing examples from Native American and African American history, this lecture will explore three key modes for ironising the Greek and Roman classical past in the nineteenth century history - nominalism, analogy, and eulogy - and the fugitive histories that emerge.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

 Join us in-person or via Zoom!  

Registration is required. 

Co-sponsored by: Center for Premodern Studies and Department of Classical & Near Eastern Religions & Cultures


Featured Speaker

Frederick and Catherine Lauritsen Lecture in Ancient History

This series of lectures brings a distinguished historian of the ancient world to the University of Minnesota every year to deliver a public lecture and occasionally to participate in seminars and other events. It was established in 2002 by a generous gift from Frederick M. Lauritsen, who received his Ph.D. in history from Minnesota in 1973, and his wife Catherine.

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