Classical Association & Other Hellenic Lectures

Lectures supported by the Hellenic Society 2017-18 Programme

Classical Association Scotland Edinburgh and South-East Centre, Meadows Lecture Theatre, 25 October 2017, 6.00pm 

Dr Emmanuela Bakola (University of Warwick): 'Reconsidering the role of the Erinyes in Aeschylus’ Oresteia'. Reception to follow.

University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.

Classical Association Leeds, Room 101, on the bridge between the Parkinson Building and the Michael Sadler Building, 6 November 2017 at 5.30pm.

Professor Eleanor Dickey (University of Reading): 'Greek teaching in Republican Rome: how exactly did they do it?'

Gloucestershire Classical Association, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, 9th November at 7.30pm.

Professor Richard Rutherford (Christ Church College Oxford): 'Styles of Tragedy'.

The Cambridge University Classics Society, Room 1.02 of the Classics Faculty, 15th November at 4.00pm.

Dr Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway):'A Thousand Years of Very Old Jokes'.

In the thirty years since the foundation of the journal Humor unified the interdisciplinary conversation on humour research, the dialogue between classical scholarship and contemporary humour theory has remained limited – in part out of a sense among classicists that the current state of theory is not yet up to the task of understanding the cultural history of ancient laughter. This snapshot gallery of the history, form, and workings of ancient jokes aims to show how modern understanding of humour can not only help to make sense of classical Greco-Roman chuckles, but can help humour theory with some of the challenges with which it continues to struggle.

Classical Association Southwest, Exeter College, Exeter, 10th January 2018, 5.00pm.

Professor Helen Lovatt (Nottingham) ‘Argonauts: Myth and Reception’.

The myth of Jason and the Argonauts has been told and retold since its very beginnings. It was already a well known story before the Odyssey. But when does a myth cease to function as  myth and become crystallised by its most famous versions? For the tale of the Argonauts, the versions of Apollonius and Euripides’ Medea are crucial. This paper explores the interface between myth and reception in the Argonautic tradition by looking at a number of case studies: Charles Kingsley and the Orphic Argonautica, Robert Graves and his Greek Myths, and the influence of the 1963 Harryhausen movie ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ on recent children’s literature.

Classical Association North Staffs Branch, Senior Common Room, 20th February 2018, 7.30pm, Keele Hall, Keele University, Keele, Staffs, ST5 5BG.

Dr Kate Cook (University of Manchester), "Why should they dance at all? The importance of the Chorus in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus".

Hellenic Society Lecture in Belfast, Senate Room, Lanyon South, 23rd February 2018, 1.00pm.

Dr Justine McConnell (King's College London), 'Performing Epic in the Twenty-first Century'.

Classical Association Hull and District Branch, Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull, Teaching Room 1, 22nd March 2018, 7.30pm

Dr Tim Ryder (University of Reading) 'Pericles and the rise of democratic Athens'

Classical Association Scotland, Glasgow and West Centre, Glasgow University Library, 23rd April 2018, 7.30pm.

Professor Amy Smith (Reading) 'Pursuit, ransom & return: imprisonment in red-figure vase paintings by the Pan Painter'.


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