Presented on: Thursday, July 23rd at 12:00 PM EDT
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Everyone loves a parade. But what are parades for? What routes do they take, and why? What messages do they send to spectators? Travel to ancient Rome with Gregory Spinner and Dan Curley as they trace three early parade routes through the city, and discuss how each one reinforces urban memory, sacred beliefs, and Roman values. Gregory Spinner is Teaching Professor in Religious Studies at Skidmore. Trained in the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, he teaches Abrahamic traditions and a host of special topics. Spinner collaborates with Dan Curley on travel seminars exploring the history of Rome, in which they consider how each period remembers and rearticulates Roman identity. This fall, he will offer a new course examining Ecstasy from a global perspective, as well teach Comparative Myth. Dan Curley is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Skidmore. His teaching and research interests include Latin poetry, ancient drama, classical mythology, the ancient world on screen, and the city of Rome. With Gregory Spinner he teaches Mapping/Exploring Rome every so often. Introducing students to the Eternal City and its splendors is his favorite part of the job.