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Archaeology lecture takes-on imperial boot styles

Loyola press release - February 17, 2011

Connie Rodriguez, Ph.D., associate professor of classical studies at Loyola University New Orleans, will be the featured speaker at the next Archaeological Institute of America national lecture in New Orleans. The lecture, “Imperial Dress Boots,” takes place Monday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Using examples from the Julio-Claudian through the Antonine periods of the Roman Empire, Rodriguez will explore the boot styles and demonstrate that each emperor had his own distinctive dress boot by using the best-preserved or most indicative example of dress boots.

“While a great deal of scholarship has been devoted to military statues as imperial portraits and some work has been done on their cuirass ornaments, my findings indicate that little has been done regarding the stylistic variations of the imperial military footwear, specifically the dress boots worn by the emperors and illustrated on portrait statues or imperial reliefs,” said Rodriguez. “My purpose is to ask whether a stylistic chronology for military dress boots based upon known and datable imperial cuirass portraits can be established.”

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