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Updated March 16, 2020

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  • Annual Awards and Lecture - Heard But No Longer Seen: Epitaphs as a Window into the Lives of Roman Children

    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Social 6 pm, Awards 6:30 pm, Lecture 7 pm at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call

    Gresens-photoWUnderstanding the daily lives of ordinary people in ancient times is a challenge for historians and archaeologists—especially when the subject is infants and children. The Romans opened a special window into the lives of these little ones by leaving information literally chiseled in stone. Ironically, most of what we know about the lives of Roman children—especially those of the lower classes—comes from funerary engravings, or epitaphs. Dr. Nicholas Gresens, Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Rochester–New York, will discuss the fascinating world of Roman epitaphs, comparing those of children and adults, and those of lower-class children and their wealthier peers, to explore how childhood was constructed and perceived in ancient times. Call MVAC at 608-785-6473 or e-mail for more information.

    Download Gresens Lecture Poster