Mark Morris: An Auspicious Occasion: Rome is for the Birds

Visiting associate professor, Mark Morris's talk will focus on the mythic narrative of Romulus and Remus, wild children raised by a she-wolf, who grow up to select which hill, the Palatine versus Aventine, their future city will be built upon through a contest decided by augury; interpreting divine approval through studying the behavior of live birds over the two proposed sites. The appearance of select species, the number of birds and their flight patterns all contribute to Romulus' win and Remus' murder.