The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society presents Dr. Kate Milco

Date posted: February 27, 2014

Milwaukee – Dr. Kate Milco will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. on the topic of "Ritual Performance in the Passion of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity." The lecture is presented by the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society.

In her lecture, Milco will discuss the role of ritual in the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity, who were put to death in the Roman arena in 203. She will examine how the Christian martyrs co-opt the pagan rituals associated with the arena in order to perform the Christian rituals of baptism and Eucharist. In this way the martyrs transform their deaths in the arena into an act of worship that builds up the Christian community.

Milco received her bachelor's degree in 2003 from Marquette University with majors in theology, classics, philosophy. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the University of Chicago in 2012. Her areas of interests include Early Christian martyrology, ancient paganism, classical rhetoric, and the role of the family. She serves as an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Religion Department, where she is currently teaching "Martyrdom: Antiquity to Present." Milco also serves as an adjunct instructor at Marquette, where she teaches second semester Latin.

The presentation will be held in the Reichel Lecture Hall (FM 15) on the mezzanine level of the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society promotes the study of the archaeology of Bible lands. It organizes lectures throughout the academic year.