History forum at CSUB

January 31, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

A look at "Roman Life at the Outposts of Empire: Games and Baths on the Danube Frontier," is the focus of the next history forum presented by the California State University, Bakersfield history department. Miriam Raub Vivian, Roman history expert and CSUB history professor, will provide a glimpse of life in the Roman Empire on Friday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Albertson Room at CSUB.

Vivian will share her expertise in Roman civilization by examining life in a civilian town just south of the Danube River in modern Austria. "Carnuntum flourished between the first and fourth centuries of our era and has undergone fairly extensive excavations off and on for many decades, with the current project focused on a private home and the city's bath complex," she said.

Last July Vivian worked for four weeks helping excavate the baths a typical Roman institution "whose advanced technology continues to fascinate scholars and the public alike," she added. Vivian said the town also had an amphitheater for gladiatorial games, a forum or city square, and impressive homes. A nearby museum houses a collection of Roman antiquities in Austria, and modern Petronell-Carnuntum attracts tourists with an "Archaeological Park" created to share Roman life with modern visitors.

The History Forum started in March 2000 and presents one speaker per academic quarter. Past topics have included the history of the Basque settlement in Bakersfield presented by Jeri Echeverria, Fresno State University provost and historian; the history of the California wine industry by historian Victor Geraci; oral history and the Chicano experience in World War II given by Mario Garcia, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an analysis of the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine presented by CSUB history professor Mark Baker; an analysis on pre-national, pre-modern Ukrainian culture and icons of the Last Judgment, by John-Paul Himka, history professor at the University of Alberta (Canada).

The event is free and open to the public and parking will be free in Lots B and C. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact the history department at (661) 654-3079 or jstenehjem@csub.edu.