CLASSICS PRESENTS ... 2021-22 Speakers

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2021-2022 Colloquium Series

Dr. Laura Banducci, Associate Professor, Carleton University

Tuesday, October 19, 2:30-4:00pm EST via Zoom (please contact to receive the Zoom link)

"Multifunctionality and the aesthetics of Roman cooking pots."

My work takes as its starting point the idea that ancient Romans had complex relationships with their everyday objects -- just as modern humans do. Objects were made, purchased, used, repaired, re-used, and discarded for many different competing reasons. When archaeologists use a number of different techniques together, it is possible to understand something about ancient objects' complex use-lives.

This project uses the study of vessel form, use wear analysis, and ceramic petrology to consider the reasons why a particularly popular type of cooking pot, internal red-slip ware (often called "Pompeiian redware") was reproduced for such a long period of time (the 3rd century BCE until the 2nd century CE) and so widespread throughout the Mediterranean. Approaching this vessel type from a number of different angles and studying it in the context of the other types of pottery which were popular at the time allows us to fruitfully consider the possibilities for multifunctionality in object use, bringing us closer to the ancient consumers' experience in the kitchen and at table.

Poster for Dr. Laura Banducci's presentation. All information is copied on webpage. Poster also includes two images of the Pompeiian redware that Dr. Banducci will be discussing.


Classical Association of Canada Lecture Tour

Dr. Lea Stirling, Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Manitoba

Monday, September 27, 2021 starting at 5:30pm in Watson Hall, Room 517 (if you have accessibility requirements, please contact

"Toppling Statues Then and Now: Roman Emperors, Pagan Idols, Queen Victoria"

In 98 CE the Roman senate passed a decree to erase the inscriptions and obliterate the memory (including images) of the deposed emperor Domitian. Certain other deposed emperors or public figures received similar treatment in a process known as damnatio memoriae, the condemning of memory. The unwanted statues might be destroyed, repurposed for the next emperor, or warehoused. Christian chronicles record attacks on “idols,” with the destruction of the Serapeum at Alexandria and its marvel-working statue in 392 CE being a famous example. Sometimes the damaged statues were left in place; other times the remains were obliterated or removed from the site. Recent years have seen defacement, overthrow, or removal of statues of figures who upheld systems of colonization or slavery, including the toppling of a statue of Queen Victoria at the Manitoba legislature on Canada Day, 2021.

Even though the practicalities and language of desecration and the resulting shock seem similar in these episodes, a closer look at agency, the role of authorities and other groups, the underlying social or political situations, and the short- or long-term outcomes shows differences in the three types of scenarios.

Poster for Dr. Lea Stirling's presentation. All information is copied on webpage. Poster also contains photos of a bust of Germanicus - damaged and with a cross carved into his forehead, a column with an inscription that has been damaged, and an illustration of men pulling down a statue.