Laid Out for Posterity: A Roman Tombstone Carved with a Child's Portrait and His Poem
September 23, 2010
Kathleen Coleman, Professor of Latin, Harvard University
An elaborate funerary altar of Parian marble was discovered immured inside the Aurelian Wall in Rome in 1871. It commemorates Q. Sulpicius Maximus, who died in AD 94 at the age of 11. This lecture will explore the technical and aesthetic challenges facing the masons’ workshop in incorporating a statue, a 43-line Greek poem, a Latin epitaph, and two 10-line Greek epigrams on a surface just over five feet high and three and a half feet wide.
Free admission. Open to the public.
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The M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.