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Laughy to present Oct. 3 archaeology lecture at Knox

Barry McNamara
Michael Laughy, one of MC's two Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows, will present an archaeology lecture on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Round Room of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts at Knox College.

Titled "The Archaeology of the Athenian Agora: Excavation of the World’s First Democracy," the lecture is sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and Knox College.

The Agora, or public square, of ancient Athens was the center of the city's intellectual, social and economic life, as well as where the concept of democracy was first invented and practiced," said Laughy.

Excavations of the area began in 1931 and continue to this day, making the Athenian Agora the longest continuously excavated site in all Greece.

"I will discuss the ways in which these excavations have both enriched our understanding of the history of world's first democracy and revealed surprising differences and similarities between ancient and modern democracies," he said.