Lennox Seminar Lecture: Craig Williams

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Classical Studies presents the Fall 2017 Trinity University Lecture Series: Love, Art, and Power in the Roman Empire. In this second lecture of the seminar, Craig Williams, Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois, will give a talk titled The Power of Love: Stories of Animals and Humans in the Roman Empire.

Williams will discuss a little-known body of narratives found across a range of texts from the Roman Empire which exemplify the encyclopedic impulse characteristic of the period. These are stories of animals who fall in love with human beings. Williams will consider some of the implications of these stories for ancient views of animals and humans, love and power. Texts discussed include Pliny the Elder’s Natural History, Aulus Gellius’ Attic Nights, the poems On Hunting and On Fishing attributed to Oppian, and Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals.

The 2017 lecture series examines the themes of love and power in the art and literature of the Roman Empire. During the 1st and 2nd centuries C.E., the consolidation of imperial control by the Roman emperors transformed life in the Mediterranean. At the same time, changing perceptions of private life and the relationship of the individual to the state anticipated broader changes in later centuries that would alter the course of European history. In this seminar we will examine the roots of this transformation by looking at literary and artistic source material from the period.

This lecture series is held in conjunction with the exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art titled Antinous, the Emperor's Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait.

For more information, call 210-999-7658. The Lennox Seminar is made possible by the Martha, David, and Bagby Lennox Foundation.

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