Lecture Schedule 2017-2018


Manton Lecture -After the Collapse: Crete in the Early Iron Age (Leslie Preston Day, Wabash College)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:00pm, Performing Arts Building (PAB) 320

Abstract: The twelfth century BCE saw the final collapse of many of the high civilizations of the Bronze Age in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Palestine, and Syria, and the near destruction of Egypt by the Sea Peoples. After the fall of these interconnected kingdoms new people moved into some of the areas (for example, the Philistines in Palestine), while other places experienced a shift in the location of settlements and a decline in population and high culture. On the island of Crete, which had been controlled by palatial centers for over 700 years, the palace sites were mostly abandoned, and people moved up into defensible mountain locations. Who were these people, and why did they move into new areas? An examination of excavated twelfth-century sites, particularly Karphi, Kavousi, and the Isthmus area in eastern Crete, provides information about the dynamics of this population shift and reveals much about the political, social, and economic life of the period, as well as the religious beliefs of the inhabitants. Some features of the Bronze Age civilizations survived, while new elements crept in that eventually led to the rise of the Greek city-state.


Brothels and Prostitution at Pompeii (Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of Washington)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

7:00pm, Performing Arts Building (PAB) 320

Abstract:What “urban legends” did the ancient Romans tell about prostitution in their own culture and to what extent did that actually reflect reality? By examining the one structure from Roman antiquity that all scholars agree was a brothel—Pompeii’s (in)famous purpose-built brothel—we can begin to understand the reality of Roman prostitution. During this discussion with Sarah Levin-Richardson, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Washington, we will uncover a world in which the brothel’s male and female prostitutes resisted their exploitation and marginalization by proclaiming themselves as sexual agents, and where clients from all walks of life, from slaves to elite men, could act like free men.


Norton Lecture -Mistaken Identities: Tracking Down Roman Emperors in Modern Art (Mary Beard, University of Cambridge)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

6:30pm, Vollum Lecture Hall

Abstract: This is a lecture about the representation of Roman emperors in Renaissance and later art — why were they such a popular subject, were they just wall-paper for the elite (why choose such a bunch of murderous thugs as a badge of status?), and how we are so bad at identifying them.


Interpreting Historical Archaeology at Protected Sites: A View from the Pacific Northwest  (Doug Wilson, Portland State University and National Park Service)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

7:00pm, Vollum Lecture Hall

Abstract: TBA