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Another Walk Through Trajan's Forum

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 01:21:46 -0400

Dear colleagues:
You are invited to join the third and final Philosophers Forum walk
through Trajan’s Forum in Rome.

On the ArtsEdNet Web site you will find the conversation between our two
guest philosophers, Dr. Marcia Muelder Eaton and Dr. Ronald Moore, at
This last section is called "Time Detectives," and looks at the way we
interpret evidence about the beliefs and values of people who lived in
the past. The ArtsEdNet Web site also includes classroom activities
developed by Dr. Marilyn G. Stewart that complement the discussion.

*What conclusions could your students draw about Roman life based on the
evidence provided by Trajan's Forum?
*What conclusions do you think people in the future will draw about our
culture from the evidence they are likely to find?
*What artworks do you expect will survive?
*Do you think that people in the future would be likely to learn more
about us from our artworks than from our garbage dumps?

true picture of the world. Are there are any reasons why the panels on
Trajan's column may have distorted the truth.
*Are there any twentieth-century artworks that present a distorted or
one-sided view of the truth?
*Is art by nature selective in the way it tells the truth?
*And to what extent does our own understanding of an artwork reflect our
own values and beliefs?

Thank you for joining the recent discussion on meaning—it took on a life
of its own and developed many unexpected twists and turns. Please take a
look at "Time Detectives" online and join us for our conversation!