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The cultural vitality of Rome from the end of antiquity to the 16th century will be the topic of the thirteenth annual Marco Symposium at UT March 4-5.

The event, “Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal,” will explore how the cultural innovation of Rome from the early Middle Ages to early modern times is generating new approaches in the fields of history, musicology, art history, urban studies, and travel writing. It also has spurred innovations in architecture, archiving church history, church governance, and the invention of new images.

Kate Cooper, professor of ancient history at the University of Manchester in England, will deliver the keynote address, titled “City of Martyrs: Rome at the End of Antiquity” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard.

The keynote address and all lectures are free and open to the public.

“Rome declined dramatically in population in the early Middle Ages but never ceased to be one of the key sites of cultural and institutional creativity in Europe well into the early modern period,” said Thomas E. Burman, Riggsby Director of the Marco Institute. “That creativity was, of course, partly inspired by the ever-present memory of ancient Rome, but often went radically beyond it.”

The symposium sessions will be held at the International House Great Room.

Sessions will be led by speakers from UT, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Texas at Austin, Carleton College, Wesleyan University, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, and the University of Missouri.

The UT Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is sponsoring the symposium.

Visit the Marco Institute website for more information and to see the schedule of events. For parking information, call 865-974-1859.



Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)

Vera Pantanizopoulos-Broux (865-974-1859, marco@utk.edu)