Since Achilles is the protagonist of the ancient world’s dominant epic, his influential role in the Greco-Roman tradition comes as no surprise. What does surprise is the variety of his instantiations. The Iliadic Achilles does not dominate the hero’s post-Homeric reception, and Achilles is presented (as Pantelis Michelakis points out in Achilles in Greek Tragedy [Cambridge, 2002], 1) “both as a model and as a problem.” This seminar will consider the Achilles tradition in diverse ancient eras and contexts. Starting points might include (but are not limited to): epinician Achilles; Achilles and pederasty; Achilles as son and father; Achilles in Latin elegy; iconography of the hero.
Confirmed speakers include Sarah Ferrario, The Catholic University of America; Justina Gregory, Smith College; Charles McNelis, Georgetown University; and Deborah Steiner, Columbia University
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Catholic University of America (Washington DC, USA)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
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