Heard on Campus: Garrett Fagan on the Roman Gladiator

April 03, 2008

On the Roman gladiator: “If you're unfortunate enough to be the guy who’s drawn to fight the emperor, your choices become somewhat limited. You certainly can't win, and you can’t feign a bad fight because that will make the emperor look bad. So you have to be good enough to feign a bad fight and not make it look like it’s a bad fight.” –Garrett Fagan, associate professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History

Fagan hosted the third Research Unplugged conversation of the spring season on Wednesday, April 2. He discussed "The Roman Gladiator: Myths and Realities" with more than 60 community members in the gallery of Penn State's Downtown Theatre. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research|Penn State Web site http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, April 7.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served.

For more information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

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