Classics and Film Studies Expert to Speak at Gustavus

Posted on October 27th, 2009 by

ThumbprintMartin Winkler, professor of Classics at George Mason University, will present a free public lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday, Nov. 1. Winkler will deliver his lecture, titled “The Last Days of Pompeii: From Fact to Fiction and Film,” at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

Winkler teaches classical Greek and Roman literature, culture, and mythology with special emphasis on the importance of the past for the present. His special area of interest is the representation of the Roman Empire in American popular culture, especially in Hollywood epics such as Spartacus and Gladiator. He also specializes in American and European film adaptations of ancient literature and myth.

Winkler has published numerous articles on classical and medieval culture and mythology in film. He has authored several books including his most recent works Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollo’s New Light and The Roman Salute: Cinema, History, Ideology.

Winkler’s lecture is being sponsored by the Lecture Series, and by the departments of Classics, Art and Art history, English, and Communication Studies. The Book Mark will also be on hand, offering several of Winkler’s books on Classics and Film for purchase.

For more information on this event, contact Assistant Professor of Classics Mary McHugh at or 507-933-7151.


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