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How Much Does a Grecian Urn? Humour, Philhellenism and the Greek Crisis
Discussion / History

How Much Does a Grecian Urn? Humour, Philhellenism and the Greek Crisis

The last few weeks have seen a huge peak in Classical references appearing in the media. This is because, as political commentators have so regularly pointed out, we have just witnessed a Greek tragedy. They are referring not, regrettably, to the popularisation of the pointless neologism ‘Grexit’1 but to the austerity measures imposed by Eurozone … Continue reading

GIS Report: 12/6/2015: Theseus in Statius’ Thebaid and Metapoetics in Grattius’ Cynegeticon
Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS Report: 12/6/2015: Theseus in Statius’ Thebaid and Metapoetics in Grattius’ Cynegeticon

GIS concluded this term with a pair of literary papers, both of which were trial-runs for conferences taking place this summer. First up was Henry Tang, talking on ‘Theseus in Statius Thebaid: A Symbol of Progression or Cyclic Sin?’ (which he presented again in Edinburgh last week at the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient … Continue reading

GIS Report: 22/05/2015: Blessedness in Sophocles and (Bi)lingual Pompeian Graffiti
Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS Report: 22/05/2015: Blessedness in Sophocles and (Bi)lingual Pompeian Graffiti

GIS continued this week with a pair of speakers from Peterhouse. We kicked off with a presentation from Rob Thompson on ‘Paradigms of blessedness in Sophocles’, a study of how Sophocles’ tragedies explore the idea of the best possible human life (an idea captured in Greek by various different nouns, including εὐδαιμονία, εὐτυχία and ὀλβία). … Continue reading