Aristophanes: Sex and Politics on Stage

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Join us as Dr Heather Sebo discusses Aristophanes as part of the La Trobe Classics in the City seminar series.

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Date:
Thursday 20 September 2018 06:00 pm until Thursday 20 September 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Dr Gillian Shepherd
G.Shepherd@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Dr Heather Sebo
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Seminar/Workshop/Training

Everybody in 5th century BC Athens could be the butt of Aristophanes’ satire, but his A-lister contemporaries were favourite targets. His comedies are laden with dirty jokes and slapstick, but as a playwright Aristophanes was also a master of language and poetic forms, writing lines which ranged from the crude to the hauntingly beautiful. Above all, his plays are politically incisive: much of his most savage comedy is directed at political fanatics, war mongers and human gullibility – yet somehow Aristophanes managed to survive prosecution and political revolutions. What do we know of Aristophanes and what does he tell us about free speech in ancient Athens? Are his works still relevant today?

Speaker

Dr Heather Sebo completed her PhD on mythic subtexts in Euripides’ Helen in the Department of Classics at the University of Melbourne. She has a strong engagement with dramatic performance and is an ancient Greek drama consultant for the Complete Works Theatre Company. She is well known as a guest lecturer in venues such as the Red Stitch Theatre and NGV and for performance presentations of the Iliad and Odyssey for the Stork Theatre Literary Digs series.

This event is part of the La Trobe Classics in the City seminar series.

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