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Greek Festival of Sydney – Laughter and logic: Ancient Greek comedy and the...
Wed. 26 April 2017, 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm AEST
The playwright Aristophanes wrote comedies on issues that seem urgently topical: war and peace, women in politics, wealth inequality, political scapegoating and how to cope in an age when truth appears to be no longer valued. Looking at selected plays, Dr. Alfred Vincent will explore Aristophanes’ comic logic - how he made people both laugh and think about pressing and even traumatic issues. This talk will conclude with a glance at the broader history of ancient Greek comedy and its influence on later European theatre.
About the presenter:
Dr. Alfred Vincent has a degree in Classics from the UK and has taught classical Greek language and literature at English universities. For many years he was a lecturer in Modern Greek studies at the University of Sydney and has been a visiting academic at the universities of Athens and Crete. More recently he has again done some teaching in classical Greek literature. Comedy is one of his special topics.
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