(Apr. 17-18) International Masters Frontier Forum and the Third Chen Yinque Academic Lecture Series
Last updated :2018-04-12
Host: Center for Classical Studies of Sun Yat-sen University, Boya College, Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities
Special thanks to: Office of International Cooperation & Exchange
Speaker: Prof. Simon David Goldhill (FBA)
1st Lecture: What is Greek Tragedy, and Why Should We Care about it?
Time: 19:30, Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Venue: Swasey Hall, Guangzhou South Campus, SYSU
2nd Lecture: The Oresteia: a foundational text of Western Culture
Time: 16:20, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Venue: Room 1406, 1st Teaching Building, Guangzhou South Campus, SYSU
Introduction of Speaker:
Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek and Director of CRASSH in University of Cambridge, U.K.. He was elected as Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and awarded as John Harvard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities of Cambridge University in 2010. He was elected as Fellow of British Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Professor Goldhill’s publications are mainly on Ancient Greek Tragedy, Literature Theory and Reception of Ancient Greek.
Working Language: English
No prerequisite knowledge of ancient Greek world is required for these lectures.
Introduction of Lectures:
What is Greek Tragedy, and Why Should We Care about it?
Professor Goldhill will explore how Greek tragedy can be understood in its historical context of the fifth century BCE, and what this tells us about the role of public art in society. He will then consider how tragedy has been understood through Western culture from the Renaissance onwards, with particular reference to the Renaissance, the nineteenth century and today. He will draw on his experience of working with contemporary theatres in London as well as his knowledge as historian of theatre and culture to explore how theatre has played a crucial role on public self-understanding.
The Oresteia: a foundational text of Western Culture
In the second lecture, he will analyse one of the greatest works of Western Culture, Aeschylus' Oresteia. Referring back to the first lecture, he will look at its context first; second he will explore its meaning and thematic structure; third and finally he will show how it has played a major role in the self-understanding of Western art -- from opera to theatre to novels.