Classics Department Annual Benefactors' Lecture

May 12, 2022
5:00 pm
Carson L02
This lecture is in person and by virtual Zoom.
No preregistration required.

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This lecture will explore the way that the Athenian old comic poet Aristophanes engages with the tragic poet Euripides in three comedies, Acharnians, Peace, and Women at the Thesmophoria. In contrast to previous discussions, I will emphasize the ways that comic paratragedy serves the agenda of comedy and expands its range in remarkably humorous and sophisticated ways.

Helene P. Foley is Claire Tow Professor of Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of books and articles on Greek epic and drama, on women and gender in Antiquity, and on modern performance and adaptation of Greek drama. She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Female Acts in Greek Tragedy, Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage, and Euripides: Hecuba as well as co-author with Elaine Fantham, Natalie Kampen, Sarah Pomeroy, and Alan Shapiro, of Women in the Classical World: Image and Text. She edited Reflections of Women in Antiquity and was co-editor of Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature, Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage, and Aristophanes and Politics.

Professor Foley has served as President of the American Philological Association and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Loeb Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Study (at Princeton) fellowships as well as three teaching awards.

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Sponsored by the Classics Department