Gladiator Graffiti & Roman Blood Sport: Findings from Aphrodisias by Peter De Staebler

Gladiator Graffiti & Roman Blood Sport: Findings from Aphrodisias by Peter De Staebler

Photo courtesy of HMNS

Location Info:

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX  77030
713-639-4783
Gladiators are typically depicted as the chiseled models of athletic perfection. In this case, they literally are chiseled — into stone. The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present Gladiator Graffiti & Roman Blood Sport: Findings from Aphrodisias by Peter De Staebler, a one-day-only lecture that shows how archaeologists captured previous cultures and daily lives through etching pictures into rocks. After participating in the NYU excavations at Aphrodisias, an ancient Greco-Roman city in Turkey, Dr. De Staebler found plenty of artifacts to talk about, and an overwhelming number of them focused on the popular sport. “I’ll talk and tell the story of gladiators and fights. There are images of the graffiti of places and spaces where the fights took place. It tells us how everyday people thought about their city,” he says.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4783 or visit hmns.org. $12 to $18.

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