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Presentation of "The Appian Way"

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Presentation of "The Appian Way"

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On the Occasion of the 12th Annual Italian Language Week in the World


The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute

Silvio Marchetti

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. 

Please click here to see all of the Institute's upcoming events.

Special thanks to Acqua Smeraldina


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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Avenue
Suite 1450
Chicago, 60611

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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