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AIA Lecture Series

When Sep 12, 2018
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

September 12, 2018 6:00 p.m., Penn State location Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Professor Nicholas Rauh, Professor of Classics, Purdue University
"Prostitution Ancient and Modern, A Tell-All Confession”

In this presentation, Rauh discusses the available archaeological evidence for venues of prostitution in ancient trading ports such as Delos and the limitations of modern scholarly modes of analysis for investigating these.

Lectures are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, with the support of
the departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Anthropology, the Program in Jewish Studies and
the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University.
This publication is available in alternative media on request.
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"Vitruvius' Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas: Methodological Variations on a Single Passage (Vitruvius, De architectura III.1)."

When Sep 07, 2018 09:00 AM to
Sep 08, 2018 01:00 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building

On September 7 and 8, 2018, the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University will be hosting:

"Vitruvius' Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas:
Methodological Variations on a Single Passage
(Vitruvius, De architectura III.1)."

This two-day conference--generously supported by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS)--will bring together scholars from a number of different fields (Classics, Rhetoric, Art History, Architecture, Renaissance Studies, etc.) for a wide-ranging conversation about the methodological future of the discipline of Classics centered on the "Vitruvian Man" passage in De architectura.

Students, teachers, scholars, and all with an interest in the subject are invited to attend. Please feel free to contact the organizers if you plan to join us and/or would like advice on your travel arrangements.

The program is posted below.

We hope to see many of you in early September.

Vitruvius' Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas:
Methodological Variations on a Single Passage
(Vitruvius, De Architectura III.1)

An experimental two-day workshop at
Penn State University
September 7-8, 2018

Friday, September 7th

9.00-9.30 Welcome and Introduction (Mathias Hanses, Giovanna Laterza, Elena Giusti)

1st Session (9.30-11.30)

9.30-10.00 Marden Nichols (Georgetown)
Concealed Beneath the Breast: Buried Strains of Rhetoric in De Architectura 3.1
[Rhetorical Criticism]

10.00-10.30 Michele Kennerly (Penn State) and Jen Buchan (Penn State)
Vitruvius in Dystopia; Or, When Humans Don't Measure Up
[Visual Rhetoric, Iconographic Tracking, Posthumanism]

10.30-11.00 Discussion

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

2nd Session (11.30-1.00)

11.30-12.00 Daniel Anderson (Coventry)
Man is the Measured in All Things: Greek Analogies of Proportion
[Genealogy, Intellectual History]

12.00-12.30 Marcie Persyn (UPenn) 
"That Which the Greeks Call...": Greek Code-switching in Vitruvius' De Architectura 3.1
[Bilingual Code-Switching]

12.30-1.00 Discussion

1.00-2.30 Lunch Break

3rd Session (2.30-5.15)

2.30-3.00 Kathrin Winter (Heidelberg)
FIGURE IT OUT: Thinking (with) the Body of Vitruvius' Homo bene figuratus
[Philology and Close Reading, Cognitive Literary Studies]

3.00-3.30 Tom Geue (St Andrews)
Man Made (to) Measure: the Vitruvian Individual, Invention, and 'Interdisciplinarity'
[Ideology Critique, Philology]

3.30-4.00 Coffee Break

4.00-4.30 Jared Hudson (Harvard)
Vitruvius, Varro, and the Rhetoric of Analogy
[Intertextuality, Philology, New Historicism]

4.30-5.15 Discussion

6.00 Reception

8.00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, September 8th

4th Session (9.00-11.45)

9.00-9.30 Deborah Chatr Aryamontri (Montclair)
A Simple Matter of Proportion
[Mathematical Theories, Comparative Architecture, Evolutionary Aesthetics]

9.30-10.00 Megan Goldman Petri (Princeton)
Between Aspiration and Pragmatism in Postwar Architecture: Reading the homo bene figuratus through the Modulor
[Architectural History, Urban Studies, Reception Studies]

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break

10.30-11.00 Elizabeth Merrill (MPIWG)
Perfection in Rule or a License to Innovate? Renaissance Architects Read Vitruvius
[Contextual Architectural History]

11.00-11.45 Discussion 

Concluding Remarks

11.45-12.30 Mathias Hanses (Penn State)


Mathias Hanses (Penn State)
Giovanna Laterza (Heidelberg)
Elena Giusti (Warwick)

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