The Monmouth College
Department of Classics 
the Thirty-Second Annual
Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture

This lecture series was established in 1985 to honor Dr. Bernice L. Fox, who taught Classics at Monmouth College from 1947 until 1981. The goal of this series is to illustrate the continuing importance of Classical studies in the modern world and the intersection of the Classics with other disciplines in the liberal arts.

Defeat in the Arena

Kathleen Coleman
James Loeb Professor of the Classics
Harvard University

In this lecture the surviving record (largely epigraphic, but also pictorial) for evidence of the Roman attitude towards defeat in gladiatorial combat is examined.  Greek and Roman culture was highly competitive. How, then, did their culture accommodate defeat? This lecture approaches the issue via a case-study of gladiatorial combat, which spread rapidly from Rome throughout the Empire, including the Greek-speaking areas of the eastern Mediterranean.


 Professor Coleman holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University and has been a professor at Harvard University since 1996. Her research interests include 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.

Biography of the Speaker

 7:30 P.M.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Center for Science & Business 100 - Pattee Auditorium

Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois


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