Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

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Situated in the lobby of the Blegen Library Building, this exhibition showcases the wide-ranging but often unknown impact of ancient Greece and Rome on the identity of Cincinnati. These ancient cultures have given our city its name, have influenced individuals who have shaped the cityscape, and have inspired local art and literature from the 1800s to the present.

The exhibition invites visitors to discover Greek and Roman influences in Cincinnati; to consider why people choose to associate ancient cultures with a modern American city; to meet the Cincinnatians who held key roles in developing Greek and Roman connections for this city; and to become familiar with the Department of Classics of UC, which has promoted these connections for a century. More broadly, the exhibition invites reflections on how the past informs the present, how global heritage informs local heritage, and how multiculturalism has shaped the identity of the community.

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The exhibition was curated by Dr. Antonis Kotsonas and a team of graduate students of the Department of Classics, and was developed in the context of a collaboration between UC’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Cincinnati Museum Center under the direction of Dean Arnie Miller. The exhibition will last until spring 2019 and is free and open to the public (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm). Groups interested in guided tours are welcome to contact the Department of Classics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.