The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program: Life on the Street, or Why Historians Should Read the Poets


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 5:00pm


Seamans Center

Presentation by T. P. Wiseman, Exeter University

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. 

The Archaeological Institute of American (AIA) Iowa Society Lecture Program is a joint initiative of  the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Iowa Academy of Science.

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