Presented by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art, the Julius Fund Lecture brings internationally renowned experts whose research focuses on Ancient art to Cleveland.
At the turn of the last century, what most Americans knew about Greek and Roman art they knew through the medium of plaster.
As political unrest seethed in late Republican Rome, a series of violent acts were perpetrated against well-known public and private buildings by the citizens and their elected representatives, the tribunes of the plebs. This lecture assesses the acts against the broad spectrum of political activism over the ages and in the narrower context of contemporaneous politics, when strict, exclusionary norms governed the sponsorship of public architecture.
Mr. Bell serves as director of the University’s archaeological excavations in the classical and Hellenistic city of Morgantina in Sicily, and co-director (with Carla Antonaccio of Duke University) of the overall U.S. project at Morgantina.