Martin Ostwald Memorial Lecture

Martin Ostwald

Martin Ostwald, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Classics.
Read a profile of Professor Ostwald in The Bulletin

2016 Lecture

C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the fifth annual Martin Ostwald lecture on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm in Science Center 199 Cuniff Hall.  "Are We Rome?: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches toward the Iconography of War and Triumph" will consider the designs of war memorials in both antiquity and the twentieth century, concentrating on the evolving iconography of power, conflict, and lamentation. The focus is on memorials constructed during the Greek and Roman periods, as well as those that have been erected in the last fifty years. Iconographic elements from Classical antiquity frequently appear in twentieth-century designs, but we have entered a new period in the formulation of triumphal monuments, wherein artistic responses to violence, identity, and memory are very different from what one would have experienced in antiquity.

2015 Lecture

Ralph Rosen '77, Vartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, presents "Greek Comedy, Aesthetics, and the Question of 'Popular Culture'"

2014 Lecture

Ineke Sluiter, Professor of Humanities at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, "Tough Words, Soft Hearts"

2013 Lecture

Carol Dougherty, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, "Improvising the Self in Homer's Odyssey"

2012 Lecture

Leslie Kurke, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, "Before Statuary: Victor Statues, Commemoration, and Power"