Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A conversation with Stanford archaeologist Patrick Hunt about the Rosetta Stone.

 

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Patrick Hunt earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, University of London in 1991. He has been teaching humanities, the arts, archaeology and mythology at Stanford University since 1993. His Hannibal Expedition was sponsored in 2007-2008 by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council. He is Director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project 1994-2011.

Hunt’s 12 published books include: CARAVAGGIO (2004); a collection of poems, HOUSE OF THE MUSE (2005), which he also illustrated; REMBRANDT (2006); ALPINE ARCHAEOLOGY (2007); and TEN DISCOVERIES THAT REWROTE HISTORY (2007). He recreated Greek myth stories as short story fables in MYTHS FOR ALL TIME (2007). His most recent books, RENAISSANCE VISIONS: MYTH AND ART, and another, a literary study POETRY IN THE SONG OF SONGS, were published in 2008. Another poetry book CLOUD SHADOWS OF OLYMPUS was published in 2009. MYTH AND ART IN EKPHRASIS was published in 2010. Hunt's new books in 2011 are Dante's INFERNO: CRITICAL INSIGHTS and THE ART OF CHRISTMAS: PUER NATUS EST. To date Hunt has published 100+ peer-reviewed journal and encyclopedia articles.

Hunt is also a poet, biographer, classical music composer, and illustrator, having illustrated Richard Martin’s MYTHS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS (2003) and several of his own books between 2005-2011. In spring 2009 Hunt was in Copenhagen as an invited scholar for the Royal Danish Theater Opera’s LUCRETIA production and at the related Lucretia Symposium on Britten’s opera; he has also written program notes for the San Francisco Opera’s 2004 TOSCA production. Several arias from his opera-in-progress BYRON IN GREECE have been performed in London, Switzerland, and Stanford between 2006-2011, along with his lieder-art songs setting Sappho and William Blake poems to new music compositions. Selected choral compositions such as SONGS OF EXILE: "By the Rivers of Babylon" were performed in 1999 at Duke University and Washington DC and again in Durham in 2010. Hunt had premieres of violin works performed on a 1692 Stradivarius along with other compositions during a live Stanford radio broadcast in 2011.

Some of his recent poetry was published in 2009 by the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, and the Classical Assocation of the U.K., and in 2008 in the PENGUIN BOOK OF CLASSICAL MYTHS in London, and in 2010 in AETHLON and the MODERN REVIEW as well as the American Philological Association'S AMPHORA.