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January 18

Context for Classics

Tuesday, January 18, 5–7 p.m.

Visitors to the Museum's Apse can't help but notice the dramatic figure of Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii. This statue, the work of 19th-century American artist Randolph Rogers, was inspired by Edward Bulwer-Lytton's once-popular novel, The Last Days of Pompeii, in which the fiery eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the pain of unrequited love bring Nydia to a tragic end. How is Rogers's much-admired statue, which embodies the reception of classical culture in the Victorian era, viewed today? UM scholars and artists Lucy Hartley (English), John Kannenberg (School of Art and Design), Mira Seo (Classical Studies), Tobin Siebers (English), and Keith Taylor (English) offer their perspectives.

This program is the second in the Context for Classics series Objects as Texts and is cosponsored by UMMA. For more information about Contexts for Classics, please visit

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