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Public talk: Fountains of Rome: From Antiquity to the Baroque

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"Fountains of Rome: From Antiquity to the Baroque," a talk by Roberta Magnusson, University of Oklahoma. Free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou 104

Contact: Victoria Morse, x4210

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The Fountains of Rome from Antiquity to the Baroque: Technological Continuity and Social Change. Rome’s ancient aqueducts and Baroque fountains, justly famous civic monuments, but the underground history of Rome’s water supply across the intervening centuries is less well known. While the gravity-flow technological trajectory remained intact, the social dimensions of Rome’s waterworks changed dramatically, as the city underwent barbarian invasions, the rise of the medieval papacy, and the arrival of the Counter-Reformation.

Professor Roberta Magnusson, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Water Technology in the Middle Ages: Cities, Monasteries, and Waterworks after the Roman Empire that draws on insights from environmental, technological, legal, social, and cultural history and makes use of French, German, Italian, and Latin sources. She is now at work exploring the origins and development of public services in medieval English cities—city walls, bridges, port facilities, street-paving, and waterworks. She is an award-winning instructor, a recipient of The Regents Award for Superior Teaching, and has served as the History Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. She regularly offers courses on medieval history including a popular course on the Crusades and another on women in the medieval age.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

This public talk is jointly sponsored by MARS, Archaeology, the Perlman Teaching Museum, and the History Department Herbert P. Lefler fund. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Victoria Morse.