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Francesco Solimena, The Royal Hunt of Dido and Aeneas, c. 1712–14, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Lee and Joe Jamail.

Artful Thursday “The Foundation of Rome: The Frescoes of the Capitoline Museum”

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Lou Markos, PhD, Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities, scholar in residence, and professor in English at Houston Baptist University

“Rome was not built in a day,” according to the age-old saying. Legend has it that Rome was founded 2,766 years ago. And, without coincident, archaeologists have discovered traces of early settlements that old on the Palatine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. But what events transpired to form a people called Romans with a capitol city described by Ovid (and other Roman writers) as “the eternal city”? The myths have been told and retold through the generations, and many of these myths were depicted by artists throughout the centuries.

In this illustrated presentation, Lou Markos tells the stories of the foundation of Rome—from Aeneas to the Punic Wars—with reference to the most notable and comprehensive depictions: a fresco cycle by late-16th- and early-17th-century Italian artists in the Palace of the Conservators, now one of the Capitoline Museum buildings. Questions? E-mail

This event is sold out. Standby tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Brown Auditorium Theater box office one hour prior to the program. Please note that standby access is not guaranteed; guests in the standby line will be accommodated only if seating is available.

General admission is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Radio - KUHF 88.7 FM & Classical 91.7 FM.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

Refreshments generously provided by Starbucks locations at Rice Village and Shepherd/Harold.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.