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'Remembering Boudica' lecture explores historic role of barbarian queen

Alison Futrell, associate professor of Roman history at the University of Arizona, will explore Roman to modern representations of Boudica on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall at Willamette University’s College of Law. Sponsored by the university’s Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Futrell’s lecture, “Remembering Boudica: Monuments of a Barbarian Queen,” will examine how the tribal queen was pushed beyond her limits by the excesses of the Roman colonizers and how she rose up to lead her people against the Roman Empire in A.D. 60. This revolt resulted in horrifying retributions that included the deaths of tens of thousands as multiple cities were burned to the ground, including what is now present-day London. In the post-Roman period, Boudica became a key element in constructing British national identity.

Futrell’s research is guided by her interest in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics.

She is the author of “Blood in the Arena: The Spectacle of Roman Power” and “The Roman Games: Historical Sources in Translation.” She has appeared in a number of documentaries for the History Channel and A & E, including “Hannibal,” “The True Story of Gladiators,” “Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed,” and, most recently, “Boudica: Warrior Queen.”

Books will be available for sale, and the lecture will be followed by a book signing.

For more information, contact Andrea Foust at (503) 370-6654.

11-03-2011