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Speaker to Discuss Archaeological Evidence of the Trojan War on Dec. 2 at The College of Wooster

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WOOSTER, Ohio, — Brian Rose, a professor in the Department of Classics at The University of Pennsylvania, will present “Was there a Trojan War? Assessing the Evidence from the Most Recent Excavations at Troy” on Monday, Dec. 2, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow the presentation.

New excavations by archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tübingen, Germany, began at Troy in 1988 with the intent of examining all phases of habitation, from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period. Rose will present the results of the Bronze Age, Greek, and Roman excavations at the site during the past 25 years. Thus far, the excavation has clarified the nature of habitation at the site during the late Bronze Age (15-12th centuries B.C.), as well as the rise in the city's fortunes during the reign of Augustus and his Julio-Claudian successors.

Rose, who also is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology and curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean Section of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at The University of Pennsylvania, is a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome and immediate past president of the Archaeological Institute of America. He teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology, Roman art and archaeology, and the archeology of Anatolia. He earned his undergraduate degree in classical and near Eastern archaeology at Haverford College, and his master’s and Ph.D. in art history and archaeology at Columbia University.

Rose’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.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail (

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