Listen: C. Brian Rose Asks "Are We Rome?"
This fall, C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered the fifth annual Martin Ostwald Memorial Lecture. His talk, "Are We Rome?: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches Toward the Iconography of War and Triumph," considers the designs of war memorials in both antiquity and the 20th 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 50 years. Iconographic elements from Classical antiquity frequently appear in 20th-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.
In addition to teaching, Rose is the curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is the immediate past president of the Archaeological Institute of America and is a trustee of the American Academy in Rome.