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    November 7, 2016
    Nathan T. Elkins
    Emperors, Gods, and Gladiators: Emperor Worship in the Colosseum

    November 16-19, 2016
    American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting

    February 23, 2017
    Bettina Arnold
    TBA

    March 28, 2017
    Richard Buckley
    Richard III, The King Under the Car Park: the story of the search for the burial place of England’s last Plantagenet king

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Events

SWTAS 2016-2017 Lecture Series! All lectures are free and open to the general public. Most lectures are hosted by Trinity University, but occasionally we meet at other venues, as listed in the program notes below. Refer to the Find Us! page for locations maps. All lectures last approximately one hour, with a reception afterwards. A pre-lecture dinner is available with the speaker at 5:45pm. The lecture series is made possible by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society, and the Department of Classical Studies, Trinity University, and sometimes UTSA and San Antonio College.
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Monday, November 7, 2016
7:30 pm, Trinity Chapman Auditorium

Lecture by Professor Nathan T. Elkins
Department of Art, Baylor University

Emperors, Gods, and Gladiators: Emperor Worship in the Colosseum

The Colosseum is well understood as a dynastic monument that was key to the Flavian building program and to Flavian ideology. It was the fulfillment of Augustus’s ambition for a large-scale amphitheater; it served to diminish Nero’s memory as it was constructed on the atrium of his dismantled Golden House; and it was a victory monument built with the spoils of the Jewish War. And, of course, it was a magnificent venue for lavish spectacles and entertainments to highlight imperial beneficence. Nonetheless, one important political aspect of this dynastic monument has been largely overlooked: its connection with emperor worship.

Outside of Rome, it is well known that amphitheaters served as a venue for the procession and placement of cult images of gods and emperors; in Rome, the Circus Maximus and the theaters were venues for the display of imperial images and attributes brought in during their respective processions. Through the deployment of textual, topographical and visual evidence, I demonstrate that the Colosseum also had a pulvinar (a platform) that displayed images and attributes of the gods and deified emperors and empresses brought in during processions at the start of the games. The location of the pulvinar and the mechanisms by which it was serviced are explored, as are the ideological implications of cultic activity in the Colosseum.

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November 16-19, 2016
La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio

American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting

The ASOR Annual Meeting brings together ASOR’s vibrant academic community from around the world to present their current findings and discuss their research. The conference attracts approximately 950 scholars and enthusiasts of archaeology and anthropology, linguistics, biblical studies, art history, cultural heritage, and other fields related to the study of the ancient Near East. More information about the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting, including the schedule, can be found online here and on this flyer (including local discount rates).

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:30 pm, Trinity Chapman Auditorium

Lecture by Professor Bettina Arnold
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
7:30 pm, Trinity Chapman Auditorium

Lecture by Professor Richard Buckley
University of Leicester

Richard III, The King under the Car Park: the story of the search for the burial place of England’s last Plantagenet king