Kirk Douglas, best known for his starring role in the 1960 film Spartacus, passed away recently at the age of 103. In the Brock News, Katharine von Stackelberg reflects on the legacy of Spartacus.
“The film was pivotal to 20th century history of confronting injustice and oppression,” says Katharine von Stackelberg, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics at Brock. “People keep thinking slavery is just something that belongs to the past, but as I emphasize in the slavery module of my introduction to Roman civilization course, slavery is very much a present and ongoing issue.” The study of Classics and ancient history encourages students to engage with current social justice issues, she says.
Learn more in CLAS 1P92: The Grandeur of Rome, offered by von Stackelberg in Summer 2020.