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Fall 2012 News Archive

Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Fields who received her PhD on August 10, 2012.

“Good Dog, Bad Dog: Pets and Pests in Attic Black- and Red-Figure Pottery”
Dr. Seth Pevnick, The Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art
Friday October 12, 5:00 PM: Smathers Library 1A
Part of the 2012-13 Rothman Distinguished Lectures in Classics Series
Presented by the Department of Classics and the George A. Smathers Libraries
Free and Open to the Public









From the Mundane to the Divine: Pompeiian Graffiti and Augury Fortunes for Archaeology Day
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi, University of Florida
AIA Society Event: Gainesville

University of Florida
Reitz Union Colonnade
Gainesville, FL 32605
3-5:30 pm

The citizens of Pompeii immortalized sometimes mundane but fascinating details of their lives in the graffiti they left behind. We will encourage passersby to view books and other handouts on graffiti at Pompeii and then record their own graffiti on a provided sheet of cardboard or poster paper. This graffiti will be inspired by the graffiti found at Pompeii, yet will be about the authors’ lives and experiences at the University of Florida. Participants will learn about the graffiti left behind at Pompeii and engage in the same deliberations as the ancient citizens of Pompeii in deciding what details of their lives to record and leave behind for an imagined posterity.

In addition, we will have a station to conduct pseudo-augury sessions, where participants’ fortunes will be read from the “entrails” from a “bird,” in this case individually-wrapped candies and a backpack, respectively. Augury was used as a reliable means of guiding one’s life and make crucial decisions, much like the horoscopes of today. We hope participants will enjoy experiencing ancient divination practices and will connect them to modern times.

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