What's Slavery Got to Do with It? Plautus' Rudens, Roman Slavery, and 1884 St. Louis

Roberta Stewart, Dartmouth College

Professor Stewart’s lecture will revisit the remarkable 1884 performance of Plautus’ ancient Roman comedy Rudens by a group of nine female students at Washington University. This event was commemorated in a virtual symposium and performance in 2021, hosted by the Department of Classics, is discussed in a 2022 article in Classical Receptions Journal by Julia Beine, and is further examined in an upcoming special of Classical Journal, guest-edited by Tim Moore and Zoe Stamatopoulou. Professor Stewart’s lecture examines the sociopolitical and ideological context of the performance, and the stories of the women who made it happen.