The Conundrum of the Arena: Violent Spectacles and the Roman System of Values

Thursday, November 8 | 7:00 PM | Griffin Hall, Room 7

Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University’s James Loeb Professor of the Classics, will discuss “The Conundrum of the Arena:  Violent Spectacles and the Roman System of Values”

Professor Coleman’s research interests are Latin literature, especially Flavian poetry; history and culture of the early Empire; arena spectacles; Roman punishment; and reception of the Classics by the twentieth-century South African poet, Douglas Livingstone.

In addition to her work on Latin poetry, Coleman is also interested in prose authors, especially the younger Pliny. Alongside her literary scholarship, she has published extensively on the spectacles of the Roman arena