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Townsend Lecturer - Barbara Graziosi (Princeton University)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, 165
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Barbara Graziosi (Professor of Classics at Princeton University) will be the Townsend Visiting Professor in Fall 2019. Professor Graziosi will deliver three Townsend Lectures on Homecoming and Homemaking in the Ancient Mediterranean.  In this series of lectures Graziosi asks what it means ‘to go back where you came from’ and what it takes to make a new home somewhere. She returns to the most influential ancient narratives of homecoming and foundation, Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid, in order to address a set future-oriented questions:

September 10th, 2019
1.    Reading the Odyssey, with Virginia Woolf
Who gets to go home? And what makes for a satisfying story?

September 13th, 2019
2.    Finding Italy, with Lycophron and Virgil
How do you commit to a narrative of progress? How can you love a home you do not yet have?

September 17th, 2019
3.    Giving up on Ithaca, with Ugo Foscolo
What are the links between nation-building and nostalgia?



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