The Monmouth College Department of Classics  presents
the Twenty-Eighth 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.

Mapping Vergil:
Cartography and Geography in the


Georgia L. Irby
 Professor of Classics
the College of William and Mary

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At its core, the Aeneid is a tale of travel and adventure, and the land- and seascape become just as important as the peoples whom the exiled Trojans encounter. Many cartographical and geographical topoi emerge from reading this great epic within the context of Graeco-Roman scientific geography. The Aeneid, in fact, reflects the best cartographic advances of the day and is presented in the same way as other “maps” from ancient Greece and Rome – not in the modern pictural sense but, rather, verbally. Vergil, furthermore, seamlessly incorporates many of the key aspects of ancient geography (topography, climatology, ethnography) to enhance overarching themes of his masterpiece.

 7:30 P.M.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wells Theatre

Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

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