700 Block of East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
What was the importance of the public house within the lives of everyday Romans in the early empire? To everyday Irishmen and Irishwomen of the early late 19th and 20th centuries? To immigrants in the American Midwest? This talk discusses what a social, economic, literary, and spatial understanding of venues designed to serve alcohol can tell us about the communities that they served and the authors who wrote about them. New projects seeking to map the taverns of Pompeii, the pubs of Dublin, and the beer caves of Iowa City may all provide new data to archaeologists and historians, but they all reveal the very old human desire for a common space to relate to one another.