November 16, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Classicist Michael Putnam, a member of the faculty at Brown University, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. His lecture is open to the public at no charge.

Putnam's primary interest is in Latin literature, and his specialty is the poetry of Republican and Augustan Rome. His books include The Poetry of the Aeneid, Virgil's Pastoral Art, Virgil's Poem of the Earth and Horace's Carmen Saeculare. Among his awards are the Rome Prize and the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit.

A member of the Institute for Advanced Study, he is also a member of the Comparative Literature faculty and of the Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

The event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund. A reception will follow the talk.