Garrett Fagen to Present “How to Stage a Bloodbath” Sept. 29

26 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Garrett Fagan, professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, will present “How to Stage a Bloodbath” on Thursday, September 29, at The College of Wooster. Fagan’s lecture is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

In this talk, Fagan examines the theatrical and artificial components of Roman arena spectacles, from the performers' costumes to the elaborate stagecraft deployed to enhance the shows. Despite all the real violence going on, the Roman spectators were presented in such shows with carefully packaged and structured events that shared many points of contact with largescale spectacles of our modern age. Fagan closes with an examination of what the psychological implications of such packaging might mean for the experience of watching.

Fagan’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. There will be an open reception with beverages and snacks after the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room.