BAF Lecture: Monument, Memory, and Cultural Identity in the Roman Forum

Christopher Gregg, Assistant Professor of History and Art History at George Mason University

From its beginnings as a humble village to its height as a metropolis that ruled the Mediterranean, the city of Rome had as its geographic and social center the Roman Forum.The Forum

The Forum was the stage on which statesmen such as Cicero and Julius Caesar played out their games of intrigue which helped determine the fate of the Republic. When that fate was sealed and the Republic gave way to Empire, the Forum remained the traditional heart of the Roman people even as its political significance changed drastically.

Against its architectural and historical backdrop, Emperors attempted to maintain the façade of republican rule by investing themselves in the visual history of Rome. Even cities under Roman control emulated the Forum in order to demonstrate their loyalty.

This illustrated talk will chart the development of the Forum: from its marshy origins as a graveyard to the monument-crowded area conquered by barbarians. Using select monuments and ancient texts, we will make this rich and complex section of the ancient city unfold for the modern viewer.

Come hear Professor Gregg at The Bender JCC Social Hall December 11, 2019 at 8 pm.

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Bender JCC Social Hall
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Reservations are not required.
Fees per lecture are:
Free –  High School Students;
$5 – Ring House Residents; College Students; Temple Shalom and Har Shalom congregants;
$8 – BASONOVA & JCC members;
$10 – General Admission.
Pay at the door.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

The 2019–2020 Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Lecture Series:

Monument, Memory and Cultural Identity in the Roman Forum Wednesday, December 11th – 8:00 PM
From Sectarianism to Consensus: The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism Sunday, February 23rd – 8:00 PM
The Battle of Kadesh Wednesday, March 25th – 8:00 PM
Archaeology in Israel: Where the Past Meets the Present Wednesday, April 22nd – 8:00 PM
Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon Wednesday, May 27th – 8:00 PM

For more Washington, D.C.-area lectures, visit the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia and Biblical Archaeology Forum websites.

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