Boshell Lecture Series: Blackness in Antiquity

November 9, 2023, 6–7:30 p.m.
Panel Portrait of a Bearded Man, Egypt, Faiyum (er-Rubayat (?)), ca. 170-180 CE. Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Authors and historians such as Homer (9th century BCE) and Herodotus (5th century BCE) refer to the people in present-day Egypt and Sudan as having “sun-kissed” complexions. But how was race, racialization, and racism thought about in the Ancient Mediterranean world? This discussion between Dan-el Padilla Peralta, scholar, author, and Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University, and Dr. Gina Borromeo, the Walters’ Senior Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs and its Senior Curator of Ancient Art, explore these questions in their conversation, following which, we hope you join us for a Q&A with the speakers and a reception in our Level 1 Lobby.

ASL interpretation will be provided at this program.

This program is one of two lectures that are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation.


About the Guest Speaker:

Dan-el Padilla Peralta is an Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University. His work is on the religions and politics of the Roman Republic and Empire, shuttling between literary and material sources and social-scientific approaches. Dan-El is the author of two books: Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin 2015); and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic (Princeton 2020). He’s co-edited two others: Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (with Matthew Loar and Carolyn MacDonald; Cambridge 2017); and Making the Middle Republic: New Approaches to Rome and Italy, c. 400 – 200 BCE (with Seth Bernard and Lisa Mignone; Cambridge 2023).

Panel Portrait of a Bearded Man (detail), Egypt, Faiyum (er-Rubayat (?)), ca. 170-180 CE. Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912


November 9, 2023


6–7:30 p.m.



Supporter Price



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