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Revisiting the Colossus of Rhodes

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Archaeology Center; Building 500, Room 106
Workshop: 
Archaeological Histories and Futures
Meeting Description: 

Intergenerational conflict in South Africa recently came to a head with the defacement and removal of a 1934 bronze statue of Cecil Rhodes from the University of Capetown campus in April 2015. This talk enters the ongoing debate on public history and political symbols via an unexpected comparison: the Colossus of Rhodes in the Aegean (3rd century BCE), one of the so-called wonders of the ancient world.

The presenter, Grant Parker, is currently the chair of Stanford's Classics Department and faculty affiliate in the Center for African Studies. His publications include The Making of Roman India, and more recently he has worked on Egyptian obelisks in the context of monumentality. He has edited the forthcoming volume, South Africa, Greece, Rome: Classical Confrontations.

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