Mar 08, 2010

Award-Winning Author Tony Perrottet to Conduct Lecture

"The Naked Olympics: The Lost Pleasures of History's Greatest Festival"

Lecture is free and open to the public

(Newport News, Va.)  –  Award -winning author Tony Perrottet will lecture and sign copies of his book The Naked Olympics: he True Story of the Greek Games, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Christopher Newport University’s David Student Union Ballroom. The lecture, titled: “The Naked Olympics: The Lost Pleasures of History’s Greatest Festival,” is free and open to the public.  Copies of Perrottet’s  book will be available for purchase in the ballroom lobby after the program, courtesy of Barnes & Noble booksellers.

Perrottet is the author of four books - a collection of travel stories, Off the Deep End: Travels in Forgotten Frontiers (1997); Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists (2002); The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Greek Games (2004); andNapoleon's Privates: 2500 Years of History Unzipped (2008). His travel stories have been widely anthologized and have been selected four times for the Best American Travel Writing series.  He is also a regular television guest on the History Channel, where he has spoken on everything from the Crusades to the birth of disco.

This event marks the fifth annual Elizabeth Frances Jones Lecture in Classical Studies.  Additional funds are provided by CNU’s Paul and Rosemary Trible Library, the CNU Honors Program, the Department of History, and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

For more information about the lecture and book-signing, contact Dr. David M. Pollio, associate professor of classical studies, CNU Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, at david.pollio@cnu.edu or (757) 594-7020.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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