The Archaeological Institute of America Dallas--Fort Worth Society presents the AIA Dorinda J. Oliver Lecturer
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75275Museum phone: 214.768.2516
Free parking in Meadows Museum parking garage. Access on the corner of Bishop Blvd. and Schlegel. Easy to find. Free museum admission Thursdays after 5:00 pm.
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In the first century CE, the funeral for Felix, a charioteer of the Red team, made headlines when one of his fans immolated himself on his favorite’s funeral pyre. While an extreme example, fan behavior in ancient Rome is not unknown. Yet where charioteers assumed a highly-visible presence in Roman society and have been much studied, the fans whom they inspired remain largely overlooked and poorly understood. This paper demonstrates how the study of the sports fan, who sat at the fault line between staged spectacles and everyday life, can enlighten us in new ways about the centrality of the Circus to Roman culture.
Sinclair Bell is with the School of Art at Northern Illinois University, and holds his degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cologne, Oxford University, and Wake Forest University. His areas of specialization are Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology, sport and spectacle in the ancient world, and materials culture studies. His most current publication (in preparation) is “The Roman Circus: A Cultural History”, and he is the recipient of a DAI/AIA Study in Berlin Fellowship.
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