IPHIGENIA IN THE BLACK SEA AND IN AUSTRALIA
6pm 27 October 2011
One of the ancient Greek myths to have struck a loud chord in the Australian psyche is the story of Iphigenia’s adventures with her exiled brother Orestes and brother-in-law Pylades, faraway from Greece in the Black Sea, first told in a tragedy by Euripides called ‘Iphigenia in Tauris’. This lecture looks at four adaptations of the play by an Australian painter, dramatist, opera director and composer respectively, and suggests that they have been particularly attracted by prominence in the ancient play of the themes of displacement, intercultural encounter, hybridity and landscape.
The William Ritchie Memorial Lecture was established in 2008. Every second year a leading scholar of Hellenic antiquity visits the University of Sydney to deliver a public lecture in memory of the life and work of the late William Ritchie. Bill Ritchie was a devoted teacher and scholar of Classical Greek in the University of Sydney from 1955 until his death in July 2004 (Professor of Classical Greek from 1965 to 1991). This event is made possible by Professor Ritchie’s very generous bequest to the University, which also endows a Professorship in Classics within the Department of Classics and Ancient History and promotes a range of research plans.
Edith Hall is Research Professor in Classics and English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is author and editor of 22 books on: ancient drama, ancient theatre, ancient and modern cultural history, and reception of ancient drama. She is Director of the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome, and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances for Greek and Roman Drama. Her current projects include a book Adventures with Iphigenia: Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy in Transhistorical Perspective.
Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre F19
Reception afterwards at CCANESA
University of Sydney
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RSVP by Friday 21 October 2011