September 13, 2011


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Cynthia Damon will give the talk, "Writing the Fighting: Caesar's Civil War," Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University Lectureship Committee and the departments of classics and history.

"When Caesar was declared victor in the bloody civil wars of the late Republic, he had only won half the battle," said Lauren Ginsberg, visiting assistant professor of classics at Bucknell.

"Now he had to find a way to reunite the Roman state and to bring the other side — many of whose leaders died fighting against him — to accept him and his authority.

"Caesar's Civil Wars are a fascinating literary testament to the problem of how one puts into words events that are unspeakable."

Damon is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the ancient history graduate group. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Boston College and previously taught at Amherst and Harvard.

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