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WIU Hosts Guest Lecture Oct. 9: "Roman Athens: The Transformation Into an Imperial City"

September 27, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) will host guest speaker, University of Nebraska Art History Professor Michael Hoff, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Hoff's presentation, "Roman Athens: The Transformation into an Imperial City," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall 109.

The lecture will focus on the topographical and architectural changes Athens experienced during the formative period of the Roman control, during the late Hellenistic period and midway through the first century. An emphasis will be on the role Augustus played in the civic transformation, based on research conducted by Hoff. Key Roman monuments will also be discussed, including the Parthenon, Agora, the Temple of Roma and Augustus, the Roman Market and others.

Hoff previously taught at Tulane University and was a curator at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. He has worked on excavations in Corinth and the Athenian Agora, as well as in Turkey, Crete and Wales. He is the co-editor of "The Romanization of Athens" and the author of a number of articles. He is also the founder and past president of the Omaha AIA Society. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University, after attending Florida State for his master's degree and the University of Missouri for his bachelor's degree.

This event is open free to the public.

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