"Why We Can't Understand Greek Drama"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00

The Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, in cooperation with the Dep't. of Classics at SF State invites the campus community to a lecture

"Why We Can't Understand Greek Drama"

by classical scholar Mary Lefkowitz, Emerita Professor of Greek and Latin, Wellesley College.

Of her subject Prof. Lefkowitz writes: "The talk discusses the theological and practical reasons why it's a bad idea to forget about the gods when reading or performing Greek drama."

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Lefkowitz is the author of a number of studies including more recent works The Lives of the Greek Poets (2012),  Women in Greek Myth (2007), Greek Gods, Human Lives (2003), and has co-edited Women's Life in Greece and Rome (Ed. 3, 2005).

She is currently working on two related projects: a translation of Sophocles’ Electra for the new Modern Library Greek Drama, of which she is a co-editor, and also a book about the gods in Euripides’ dramas.

This lecture is sponsored by the University Seminars Programs of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA.