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CAMS MOURNS THE PASSING OF GARRETT FAGAN

Professor Garrett Fagan died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on March 12, 2017, succumbing to the cancer that was diagnosed just five months earlier.  Family, friends, and colleagues paid tribute to his memory at a memorial service on the Penn State campus on March 25.   Professor Fagan was a renowned Roman historian and a popular teacher of Roman history and of Latin at Penn State since 1996. His scholarship on the social aspects of Roman culture has been widely praised, particularly for his books, Bathing in Public in the Roman World (1999) and The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games (2011).  He produced numerous articles and edited volumes, most recently the Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World, which he edited with Prof. Werner Reiss (2016).  His words have also been shared more widely through the lectures he recorded for Great Courses, on The History of Ancient Rome, Roman Emperors, and Battles of the Ancient World. Often taking Penn State students abroad to Rome and the Bay of Naples, Professor Fagan was able to spend his last full year of teaching (2015-2016) in Rome, a city that he knew and loved, as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies.  His passing leaves us with a great sense of loss.

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