Amor: Leisure, Pleasure and Alcohol in Ancient Rome

Books, beers, and barbaric history… what’s not to love? Guest lecturer Dr. Max Nelson, associate professor of language & culture at the University of Windsor, will be at the Institute Tuesday, February 13 from 7 – 9pm, exploring the fascinating history of making (and drinking) alcohol in the ancient world. Connoisseurs of wine, the Ancient Greeks and Romans held beer to be the drink of barbarians that surrounded them. Eventually, those same barbarians would become an integral part of the Roman Empire. Guests 21 years of age and older are invited to indulge themselves in this fascinating session and learn the history of food, drink, sex, and the games.

There will be a cash bar for beer and wine purchases. Guests can tour Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars, visit the Science Shop to purchase a token of love and make a souvenir beverage coaster. Copies of Nelson’s book, The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe will be available for purchase and signing.

Pre-registered tickets are $10 until 5pm February 11 and $15 at the door. This event is for adults 21 years of age and older; all attendees will be required to show their Government-Issued ID upon check-in.