Roman women's lives, official status, roles and emotions as depicted through classical literature will be discussed in a lecture Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Utah Fine Arts Auditorium.

"Roman Women: Hearing the Voice of the Silent" will be presented by Mary-Kay Gamel, associate professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The lecture is free and open to the public."Except for a few scraps, we have no written trace of the Roman woman's experience," says Gamel. "Through historical and archaeological research and with a careful study of male authors' depiction of them we can discover much about how Roman women lived and how they felt about their lives."