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The Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture on March 16

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The Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture on The Birth of Democracy in Ancient Athens: A View from the Graves takes place on March 16 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Photo: UMSL

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture takes place on Monday, Mar. 16, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with Jane Ellen Buikstra, Regents' Professor of Anthropology and Founding Director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at Arizona State University, presenting The Birth of Democracy in Ancient Athens: A View from the Graves.

The event begins with a reception at 7 PM and the lecture at 7:30 PM in the Century Room A at the Millennium Student Center at UMSL.

According to the lecture description, in use during the Archaic and early Classical period from the 8th to the 4th centuries BC, Phaleron is one of the largest ancient cemeteries ever unearthed on the Greek mainland. More than a thousand burials have yielded the remains of working-class Athenian families, including a large number of individuals who met violent ends. Bringing together a wide array of cutting-edge analytical methods, this study will open a new window on the lives of everyday Athenians, who lived and died during the turbulent period in Greek history that saw the development of the Athenian city-state and the birth of democracy.

Jane Ellen Buikstra is Regents’ Professor of Anthropology and Founding Director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at Arizona State University. She is a pioneer in the field of bioarchaeology, the application of biological methods to the study of archaeology. Her work has defined the field and her research encompasses bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology and paleodemography. She has published more than 20 books and is presently investigating the evolutionary history of ancient tuberculosis in the Americas via archaeologically-recovered pathogen DNA. She is currently Project Director for the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project in Athens, Greece.

The event is sponsored by UMSL Global, Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, and The Karakas Family Foundation Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies.

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More information is available online: umsl.edu