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Athletics and Leisure: Greek Games and Roman Baths

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Athletics and Leisure: Greek Games and Roman Baths

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Sport, Spectacle, and Games under the Roman Empire:


Athletics and Leisure: Greek Games and Roman Baths


This series of lectures by Professor Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, will look at the different ways in which sport and spectacle permeated the society and culture of the ancient Roman Empire (ca. 1-200 CE). The lectures investigate several different forms of public entertainment and leisure – gladiatorial combats and naval battles, athletics and bathing, and chariot-racing – and the respective monumental spaces in which they took place. Drawing on artistic, architectural, and archaeological evidence as well as contemporary literary sources, these lectures will wrestle with the problematic nature of their classification as sport vs. spectacle.


Sinclair Bell is a classical archaeologist and art historian who specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Italy. He is an Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University.


The following lecture will be presented as part of this series:


March 5: The Greatest Race: Chariot-Racing in the Roman Circus


Free and open to the public.


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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)


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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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