Screening of "Our Land" by Giulio Manfredonia
- Community & Culture
- Italian Cultural Institute, Chicago IL
On the Occasion of the 12th Annual Italian Language Week in the World
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute
is pleased to invite you to
the presentation of the book
The Appian Way:
Ghost Road, Queen of Roads
by Robert A. Kaster
Friday, October 19th
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
Chicago, IL 60611
Professor Robert Kaster will present his wonderful new travel book, The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads", (The University of Chicago Press, 2012).
The Appian Way runs from Rome all the way to Brindisi, in the heel of the boot, and it has been a highway for pilgrims, poets, politicians, soldiers, and more since the fourth century BCE, when Appius Claudius Caecus, a censor who is the first prominent Roman known to history, ordered the building of the 350-mile road. Over the centuries, countless travelers trod its length, and the marks of history accumulated—signs still visible along today’s road, whether it’s the high-speed thoroughfare leaving Rome or the stretch that’s a mere winding, cobbled village alley. Kaster carries readers the length of the Appian Way, bringing to life both its past and its present, drawing on a lifetime of studying Roman history and calling on travelers from Goethe and Henry James to help us see the road throughout its long existence. Kaster is a winning, personable traveling companion, and as he explores the road and its ruins, its tombs and tales, he enchants us with the lost glories of Rome, and the seductive pleasures of contemporary Italy.
Robert A. Kaster is professor of classics and the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin at Princeton University. He has taught and written mainly in the areas of Roman rhetoric, the history of education, and Roman ethics. His books include Guardians of Language: The Grammarian and Society in Late Antiquity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), and several critical editions and translations, including Seneca: Anger, Mercy, Revenge (with Martha C. Nussbaum) in the University of Chicago Press's Complete Works of Seneca series (2010).
Copies of the book will be for sale at the presentation. The author will be available to autograph copies.
Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press.
Starting October 19th, signficant Italian-related publications from the University of Chicago Press will be on display in the gallery of the Italian Cultural Institute.
Reservations kindly suggested.
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Special thanks to Acqua Smeraldina
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450
Chicago, IL 60611
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