Speaker: Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania) Professor of Classical Studies
Abstract: I will read, from my currently in-progress translation of the Iliad into iambic pentameter, the whole of Iliad 24, featuring Priam’s visit to Achilles to retrieve the body of his son, Hector, and the women’s laments for the dead. After the reading, I would love to have comments, questions and discussion from the audience both about this heartbreaking section of the poem, and about my approach to the translation.
Speaker: Ava Shirazi, Assistant Professor of Classics, Haverford, Haverford College
Title: "Aeschylus' Paintings"
Abstract: This paper explores how the dynamics of visual representation— in particular of painting and gesture— together with poetic language create the full force of the tragic in the staging and performance of the story of two young women in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. An explication of a key passage will lead to broader questions about the connection between poetic and artistic traditions as well as how such a reading has implications for the way we approach Aeschylus’ stagecraft and both ancient and modern criticism of the verbal arts more generally.
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