Lecture by Emily K. Varto

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Emily K. Varto (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Dalhousie University), "Greeks, Romans, and the 'Science of Man': Towards a History of Classics and Early Anthropology"

Ancient Greece and Rome played varying roles in early anthropological thinking, from the observations of colonial officials and missionaries to the evolutionary ethnology and ethnography of the late nineteenth century, and beyond into the professionalized social sciences of the twentieth century. Grounded in themes that emerged in the course editing a volume on the classics and early anthropology (published April 2018 with Brill), this talk augments and reevaluates the formative, early relationship between the two disciplines and explores its continuing impact.