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Oliver Taplin (Oxford): Slices from the Banquet or Rival Taverna? Early Tragedy's Response to Homer

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:15pm
Building 110, Rm. 112
Join us at 5:00pm for light refreshments.
 

The early development of Tragedy has generally been viewed as gradual and as branching out from the stock of Homer.  This talk will challenge that account, especially by emphasizing the revolutionary significance of enactment, and its differentiation from epic narrative.  The misemphasis of the standard picture may be traced back to, above all, Aristotle's Poetics."

Oliver Taplin is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Oxford University. His work has focused on the performance of drama and poetry in both ancient and modern times.  His first book was The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (1977), and the most recent is Pots and Plays (2007).  University of Chicago Press published his translation of Euripides’ Medea in 2013.