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February 11, 2013 – 5pm.  Dr. Sarah Bond (Marquette University) will give a talk entitled “Altering Infamy: Disrepute in the Roman Mediterranean.”  This event will be held on the University of West Florida campus in Building 13, Room 230 [map].  Light refreshments will follow.

  • Lecture Abstract:  The Roman social and legal construction of disrepute, called infamia, was imposed on occupations like town criers, funeral workers, actresses, prostitutes, and gladiators. Although initially used in the Roman Republic and early Empire to marginalize criminals and unseemly trades, the status evolved in the later Empire. While some groups were divested of the stigma, the newly stigmatized included heretics, apostates, and pagans. Through archaeological evidence and historical documentation, Dr. Bond will explore the socioeconomic ramifications of the expanded infamia status and question how stigmas of disrepute function within society more generally.

March 7, 2013 – 6pm.  Dr. Kristina Killgrove (University of West Florida) will give a talk entited “Food and Foreigners in Rome and Beyond.”   This event will be held at the Moorer-Springhill Branch of the Mobile Public Library, 4 McGregor Avenue South, Mobile, Alabama.

  • Lecture Abstract: What did the Romans eat?  Recipe books, mosaics, and historical accounts demonstrate the variety of foods available to upper-class Romans. The diets of their slaves, foreigners, and the general poor, though, were rarely mentioned. Using biochemical analysis of bones and enamel from Imperial-period Romans, Dr. Killgrove has been able to glimpse what life was like for the Roman lower classes from the information written on their skeletons.

April 2, 2013 – 7pm. Dr. Kara Burns (University of South Alabama) will give a talk entitled “A Reflection of Mystery in Late Roman Britain.” This event will be held at the J. Earle Bowden Building at 120 Church Street in downtown Pensacola, Florida.

  • Lecture Abstract: Orpheus, the legendary singer whose undying love for Eurydice led him to the gates of Hades, was also the founder of the Mystery cult of the Greco-Roman god Bacchus. Eight Roman mosaics depicting Orpheus found in reception rooms of affluent Roman villas in southwest Britain reflect the religious beliefs of this once popular religion. Dr. Burns will explore the tradition of Orpheus and his association with the Bacchic Mysteries in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome from which these mosaics come.  Her talk will further explain why Orpheus became a popular interior design choice for these wealthy Roman homeowners.

September 18, 2013 – Come to Ozone Pizza Pub in Pensacola for an Archaeology Cafe talk by Kristina Killgrove, Ramie Gougeon, and Colin Bean on 3D scanning and printing in archaeology.

October 15, 2013 – To kick off International Archaeology Week, Dr. C. Lindeman of the University of South Alabama will be giving a public talk entitled, “The Lure of Antiquity in 18th Century Rome and Naples” at 7pm at the USA Archaeology Museum in Mobile AL.  See their website for directions.

October 19, 2013 – And for International Archaeology Day, come out to the USA Archaeology Museum between 12 noon and 4pm to learn more about Greek archaeology, forensic archaeology, and experimental archaeology.  See the Museum’s website for directions.

March 19, 2014 – Celebrate Quinquatrus, the ancient Roman festival dedicated to Minerva, by checking out our Dies Romae Antiquae – Day in Ancient Rome – at the Cannon Greens on UWF’s campus.  Historian Marie-Therese Champagne and Roman bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove are planning a fun day of events like mosaic-making, toga-wrapping, and Colosseum-building, interspersed with short talks about Roman food, toilets, burial practices, and religion.  To end the day, classical art historian Kara Burns from the University of South Alabama will give a talk on the Roman domus (household).