Heroes in Tragedy: A presentation and discussion with Harvard University professor Gregory Nagy (Harvard.edu)

Heroes in Tragedy: A presentation and discussion with Harvard University professor Gregory Nagy

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
See also: HX for Allston
Location: Education Portal, 175 N. Harvard St., Allston

Be introduced to the joy of reading ancient literature, and to seeing those ancient themes reflected in the works of our own time. Professor Gregory Nagy will present an overview and participate in a dialogue with attendees on the social and cultural realities of ancient Greek hero cult as expressed through the medium of tragedy. Please RSVP.

What does the 1966 Elvis movie “Spinout” have to do with the ancient Greek tragedy Hippolytus? How will an eligible though reluctant young bachelor make the transition to the “next stage” of life? Come to learn more about this classic text and to take a deeper look into the tragic nature of all Greek heroes.

The event will be simulcast live to participants around the world to engage in the discussion with attendees and add diverse cultural perspectives to the dialogue.

Professor Nagy’s talk is based on his book “The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours” and the free HarvardX online educational project also known as “HeroesX.”

This event is appropriate for the casually interested, to literary enthusiasts, to Greek history buffs. No previous knowledge of Greek history, literature, or language is expected.

In addition, the Ed Portal is hosting in-person “Dialogue Sessions,” or discussion groups, led by a Harvard teaching assistant for The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, or HeroesX, a free online educational project directed by Harvard Professor Gregory Nagy that introduces participants to the literature and heroes of ancient Greece. The next dialogue session is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:15 p.m. RSVP.

About Ryan C. Fowler

Ryan is a curricular fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. He also teaches at Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
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