Conversations Across the Humanities
Structured discussions of issues and themes of interest to faculty, postdocs, and students across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. All are welcome to listen, learn, and converse.
These presentations take place in Doheny Memorial Library (DML) Room 241 | Academy for Polymathic Study
The Culture of Cremation in Classical Rome
with Thomas Habinek, Professor of Classics, and Director, Society of Fellows
September 15, 2017 | noon to 2 pm | Doheny Memorial Library (DML) Room 241, Academy for Polymathic Study
Open-air cremation was the primary means of corpse disposal throughout much of ancient Roman history. What was the impact of this practice on other aspects of Roman culture, and what accounts for its sudden abandonment in later antiquity? Professor Habinek will discuss his recent article “At the Threshold of Representation: Cremation and Cremated Remains in Classical Latin Literature” and explore the significance of his research for broader histories of personhood, literary autonomy, and embodied cognition.
RSVP by September 13 to reserve a place for lunch and to receive a copy of the advance reading .