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Feb. 24, 2006

'Who Says Latin Is Dead?' Presentation Set For March 7

In the 1980s, The Bangles taught the world how to "Walk Like An Egyptian." On March 7, the University of Iowa Department of Classics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will offer prospective Latin lovers a chance to talk like a Roman.

"Who Says Latin Is Dead? How to Speak Like a Roman in One Easy Lesson" will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn something about the history of the Latin language, from antiquity to the present day; learn some basic Latin phrases and practice using them; learn about Roman inscriptions and compose one or two of their own; and learn about Roman graffiti and try their hand at this time-honored form of self-expression.

"The graduate students gave a similar public presentation at the Cedar Rapids

Museum of Art last year during the "Art in Roman Life" exhibit," said Marcia Lindgren, adjunct assistant professor and director of the Latin Program in the Department of Classics. "It was so well received that they thought it would be fun to reprise it, so when the Senior Center called, we immediately said yes."

Presenters will include advanced graduate students in the Department of Classics, including Heather Waddell Gruber, Robert Holschuh Simmons and Mark Thorne. Lindsay Samson, a second-year graduate student, also will help lead the presentation.

For more information, contact Lindgren at 319-335-2322, or

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