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Roger Macfarlane featured at May 19 forum

Roger Macfarlane, an associate professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature, will speak at a Brigham Young University forum Tuesday, May 19, at 11:05 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium.

The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Macfarlane teaches Latin, Greek and Classical Civilization courses. His publications deal with Greek and Latin literature and with the reception of Classical literature in modern times. Macfarlane's co-edited book of essays, "The Apolline Project I: Interdisciplinary Studies of Vesuvius's North Slope," is being published in May at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples.

Since 2001, Macfarlane has been the principal investigator for the Herculaneum Papyrus Project, which began at the Maxwell Institute and is now housed in the College of Humanities. The Project involves the application of space-age digital photography to some of antiquity's most intractable documents. He directs the Ancient Textual Imaging Group in similar projects that partner BYU with some of the most respected libraries in the world.

His forum address will feature some of the results from the ATIGroup's endeavors that demonstrate the importance of learning from the past. He received his bachelor's degree from BYU, and his master's and doctoral degrees in classical studies from the University of Michigan.

Writer: Angela Fischer


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