Science With A Twist: Gods and Gladiators Bacchanal @ Arizona Science Center, Phoenix [16 February]

Science With A Twist: Gods and Gladiators Bacchanal

18:00 - 22:00

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Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Party like a Roman! Join us for a Pompeii-inspired Bacchanal, a festival of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy. Lounge around like a Pompeian, drinking wine or a specialty cocktail, or ROME the Center's four levels, playing bocci in the «Temple of Jupiter» or trying your hand at Roman Knuckles. This is the perfect evening to experience the city natured destroyed but also preserved in POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION. You won’t want to miss the separate erotica section, a look into a Pompeian brothel. Guests may run into Bacchus himself, gladiators or even the Vestal Virgins. Come in your best toga — it’s totally worth sacrificing your bed sheets! 21+ over only.

Science With a Twist Admission:
$12 General | Members FREE*

*Two (2) complimentary general admission tickets per membership. Additional tickets $10 each

Timed Entry: 6:30 –9 p.m.
$11.95 Non-Members | $9.95 Members

Dorrance Planetarium Shows: $9 Non-Members | $8 Members
6:30 p.m. Super Volcanos (25 minutes)
7:15 p.m. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (45 minutes)
8:15 p.m. Super Volcanos (25 minutes)
9 p.m. Pink Floyd The Wall (45 minutes)

Special Talk with Mike Zajac from ASU | Irene P. Flinn Theather | Limited Seating. | 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Love in All the Wrong Places: Phalluses, Brothels, and Modern Confusion in Pompeii

Based on the raw number of phallic representations found in Pompeii, today’s traveler to the city would believe that the ancient Romans were hyper-sexed to a fault. Indeed, archaeologists guided by Victorian standards traditionally assumed that every graphic depiction indicated a brothel nearby, demonstrating the loose morals and lasciviousness of a decadent people. But were such renderings really all about sex? This talk will explore some of the common misconceptions about explicit images in Pompeii and show that their meanings, be they humorous, serious, or even mnemonic, run much deeper than the prurient.

Guest Speaker: Mike Zajac, independent scholar and professor at Arizona State University and the Maricopa Community College system with a B.I.S. degree in Art History and Psychology, and an M.A. in Art History.

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