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Lecture and Workshop: “Illuminating Incarceration in Antiquity through Digital Humanities”

December 18, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Historians, archaeologists and other scholars have traditionally thought that no prisons existed in antiquity, and that prisons began with modernity in Europe and the United States. However, a closer look at the material and textual data indicates otherwise.

Professors Matthew Larsen in Religion and Caroline Cheung in Classics will guide audiences into the history of incarceration in conjunction with the use of digital humanities. The instructors will start by canvassing global developments including those of the ancient Mediterranean. Next, the professors will teach participants about insights afforded by 3D modeling, virtual reality and 3D printing technologies. Upon learning to handle such tools, attendees will use them to see layouts of entire ancient prisons, as well as experience one ancient prison through a virtual reality walkthrough of a 3D model. Lastly, the group will discuss its findings.

This program is part of  Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities  supported by the Princeton University Humanities Council.


Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


December 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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