Praises to the Dead: Classical Influences in Eulogies for George Washington
‘Tombs. Eulogies. Death Masks. Triumphal processions. One expects to encounter these words in a history of the ancient Greco-Roman world. But in the nineteenth-century, Americans performed similar rites to commemorate the lives and legacies of popular president-generals. Why did Americans use rituals from more than two millennia earlier to commemorate their own heroes?’ UVA PhD candidate Stephanie Lawton will discuss this question with reference to the celebration of George Washington’s life, and the commemoration of his death, at our first OxEARS of the new academic year.
Date: 16 October 2019, 17:00 (Wednesday, 1st week, Michaelmas 2019)
Venue: Rothermere American Institute, 1A South Parks Road OX1 3UB
Venue Details: Seminar Room 1
Speaker: Stephanie Lawton (Virginia)
Organising department: Rothermere American Institute
Part of: Oxford Early American Republic Seminar
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Laura Spence