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Archaeologist discusses maps of ancient Rome

October 29, 2010

The ancient maps of Rome which laid the foundation for the city’s future development will be explored during a guest lecture "The Petrified City: Reading the Marble Plan" at Loyola University New Orleans Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

Susan Lusnia, Ph.D., archaeology expert and associate professor of classical studies at Tulane University, will present the lecture which is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by Loyola’s Classical Studies program and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

According to Lusnia, a map was carved on several dozen slabs of marble within Rome’s Temple of Peace complex nearly 1,800 years ago. The surviving fragments of this map, the Forma Urbis Marmorea, also known as the Severan Marble Plan, offer a glimpse of the urban structures of ancient Rome.

Lusnia will discuss the erratic fortunes of the marble plan that followed its initial discovery in the 16th century and will explore several issues surrounding the original form and setting of the marble plan including its purpose, how it was read and why it is unique.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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