Guest Speaker Colin Shelton

Our lecture series concluded this year with Dr. Colin Shelton’s provocative examination of “Ovid’s Faces and the Quest for the Minds of Others.”  In his lecture, Dr. Shelton (University of Cincinnati) looked closely at the language of emotion in Roman literature, asking whether we can ever “know” the feelings of others through bodily signs like blushing and body temperature.  Dr. Shelton’s talk both acknowledged the continuing desire to pinpoint such feeling, yet also highlighted some of the cultural and historical gaps that frustrate that very enterprise.

Sculptures of Faces of Ovid