Dr. Michael Fronda on Spolia in Roman Italy

September 25, 2018

Join us Friday, October 26th, to hear Dr. Michael Fronda, from the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, present a seminar entitled: "The Acquisitions, Movement and Display of Spoils in Roman Italy."

This public talk is presented as part of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Fall Seminar Series, which features exciting, new research in Hellenic Studies from disciplines such as Archaeology, Classics, Literature, and Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek History.

Campus: Burnaby
Room: AQ 6204
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00pm

This event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to

Seminar Abstract

It is generally agreed that the acquisition of war spoils had a significant, even transformative effect on Roman society, especially as the scale of spoils increased dramatically in the second century BCE. Discussions of the social and political implications of the influx of wealth generated by successful warfare generally focus on the Roman context. This talk will consider the implications of the massive in-flow of spoils more broadly in Italy. I will look at various ways that war spoils moved from the provinces through Italy, and how spoils were displayed or used to fund manubial displays not only in Rome but also in communities throughout the peninsula. I will try to suggest what such displays communicated about Roman power. Lastly, I will consider whether local Italian elites adopted similar manubial practices as their Roman counterparts.