Roman Gladiatorial Spectacle

569Humanities Forum
Wednesday, October 23 | 4:00 p.m.
“Roman Gladiatorial Spectacle,” Garrett Fagan, professor of ancient history, Penn State University
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This Humanities Forum is and Ancient Studies Week lecture. It is sponsored by the Ancient Studies Department, with co-sponors the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, History and Theatre.

Dr. Garrett Fagan of Penn State University presents the findings of his recent book, The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games (Cambridge University Press, 2011), a study of the social psychology of the violent spectacles of the Roman arena, which pays particular attention to the diversity of the crowd in the arena and investigates public spectacles as efforts to create unity amid great diversity.

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