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Conference compares Roman Empire, United States, March 10

A conference titled "Imperial Republics? Ancient Rome and the USA" will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, in 101 McCormick Hall.

The conference will explore why the idea of Roman imperialism remains a rhetorical and analytical touchstone for contemporary American society and politics. Session topics include "Republics Between Hegemony and Empire: How Ancient City-States Built Empires and the USA Doesn’t (Anymore)" and "Is It Possible to Write History Honestly Under an Imperialistic Regime?"

Aiming to foster discussion among multiple disciplines, the conference will bring together faculty from the Princeton departments of politics, sociology, history and classics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well as guests from the classics and history departments at Columbia, New York University, Rutgers and Stanford. The talks will be followed by question-and-answer sessions and roundtable discussions. The conference will close with summary comments and a reception.

The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Classics.

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