This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.
The contact information may no longer be valid.
Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, G22
232 East Ave, Central Campus
Cornell University community restorative day is scheduled for Friday, November 3. The Classics Speaker Series will occur as planned.
Intergenerational responsibility and ancestral fault: What we might learn at the Areopagus
This paper centers on the Areopagus, real and imagined. This rocky outcropping just to the north of the Athenian Acropolis is a particularly potent site to think about justice. It was, of course, the site of a court whose membership the emperor Marcus Aurelius sought to regulate; it is also famously where the Furies or Erinyes were appeased despite the injustice of intrafamilial violence; it is where the apostle Paul was said to have stood, speaking philosophically about God’s judgment. Just to its north, sunk into a well in the Athenian agora, a first-century CE curse calls upon the Erinyes to exact justice. This paper brings together these historical data to explore the role of divinities and the violently dead in bringing about justice, and to develop ancient and modern ideas of reparations and intergenerational responsibility.
Reception will follow.