The Slater Lecture

About the Lecturer

Steven L. Tuck is a professor of Classics at Miami University. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and held the postdoctoral Gordon Fellowship in Latin epigraphy at The Ohio State University. Tuck’s teaching has been recognized nine times and has received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Tuck has conducted archaeological fieldwork and research in Italy, Greece, England, and Egypt. He has directed more than a dozen study tours in Italy. He has given more than 70 public lectures, including as a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

Tuck is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He is the author of A History of Roman Art, published by Wiley Blackwell. He has also created four courses on the ancient world for The Great Courses.

Lecture Description 

No archaeological site in the world is as evocative as the name Pompeii. And yet it generally evokes its disastrous end in the eruption of Vesuvius. In this lecture we explore what Pompeii has given to archaeology and ancient history through an examination of only one subject: gladiators, their role in the city, and the art that celebrated them.

About the Slater Lecture

The Thelma Tournay Slater Classics Lecture is made possible through a gift of Thelma E. (Tournay '42) Slater. Her lifelong passion for the classics began at Mount Union. The gift supports student enrichment through an increased appreciation of the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greek and Rome that stand at the core of a liberal arts education.


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