Ancient Rome and Modern America

Rome’s long history is defined by periods of consensus and periods of division.
Ancient Rome and Modern America
Wednesday, August 9th | 10:00 am
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Center For Life Enrichment

Rome’s long history is defined by periods of consensus and periods of division. Both the Republic and Empire saw phases of political and military stability, unparalleled production and economic expansion, a diverse population and a proliferation of art, architecture and accomplishment. Rome declined, both in the Republic and, eventually, in the Empire. Rome has long been held as America’s ancient progenitor – the font of our own Republic, and an ancient mirror for our own complex, diverse and successful society. This lecture explores modern comparisons between the fate of Rome and the future of America. Looking at ancient history and modern journalism, this lecture considers the legacy and lessons of the Roman world in modern society and how Roman history can be used or abused as a mirror for modern America. Participants will read a range of articles that consider similarities between America and Rome, sample films and popular culture that invoke the same comparison and discuss the ways in which these two societies accurately and inaccurately compare.

 

Presenter: Vicki Szabo

 

Cost: $25/$35

Coordinator: Al Pearson 


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