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Historian explores war and peace in ancient Rome during free lectures

Loyola press release - September 10, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Languages and Cultures will present two lectures by leading scholar Kurt Raaflaub, Ph.D., later this month. Both events are free and open to the public.

The first lecture, “Peace as the Highest Good and End? The Role of Peace in Roman Thought and Politics,” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in Mercy Hall, Room 313. Raaflaub will focus on early imperial history to address the importance of peace in Roman thought and politics, as well as the role it played in other Roman values in relation to attitudes towards war, conquest and empire.

The second lecture, “Ancient War as Spectacle,” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium on the third floor of Monroe Hall. Using texts from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Raaflaub will explore why war in antiquity was made to look like a spectacle. Topics will include an army’s departure to war, the battle experience itself, watching the battle, the aftermath of battle, celebrations of victory, the re-enactment of war, the commemoration of the war dead and the spectacle of an entire war in one work of literature or art.

Raaflaub, a Swiss historian, is an emeritus professor of classics and history at Brown University. He is the Onassis Foundation senior visiting scholar. The University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation sponsors eminent scholars to offer lectures, seminars and courses at university campuses in North and South America.

Both of the lectures at Loyola are co-sponsored by the Onassis Foundation, the Classical Studies program and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

For more information, contact Loyola professor Connie Rodriguez, Ph.D., at rodrigue@loyno.edu.

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