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26.04.2018

INVITATION TO THE RESEARCH SEMINAR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS - Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin University College London (UCL)

Thursday, 3 May 2018, at 12.00 noon Classics Faculty Library (Room 745)

INVITATION TO THE RESEARCH SEMINAR

OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

When: Thursday, 3 May 2018, at 12.00 noon

Where: Classics Faculty Library (Room 745),

School of Philosophy, 7th floor, Panepistimioupoli, Zografou, Athens

The Department of Classics, Faculty of Philology,

invites you to the lecture of

Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin University College London (UCL)

entitled

The ancient reception of Euripides’ Bacchae from Athens to Byzantium.


Professor Sophia Papaioannou

Head of Department

For further information please contact:

Dr Katerina Carvounis kcarvounis@phil.uoa.gr 210-7277613 

Professor Sophia Papaioannou  spapaioan@phil.uoa.gr  210-7277380


THE ANCIENT RECEPTION OF EURIPIDES’ BACCHAE FROM ATHENS TO BYZANTIUM

DR FIACHRA MAC GÓRÁIN

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UCL)

ABSTRACT

Euripides’ Bacchae had a particularly rich afterlife in antiquity. This talk will establish the classic status of the play, and then consider its reception under three rubrics, while ranging across Greek and Latin literature: (i) performance (Plutarch, epigram, Tacitus), (ii) narratives (Theocritus, Ovid, Oppian, Nonnus, Malalas), and (iii) Christian discourse (Luke-Acts, Christus Patiens). The aim will be to consider what interpretation of the play is suggested by each instance of reception, and to see what each source suggests about Bacchus/Dionysus.