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Recordings of the lectures and in-conversation events with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and academics, on modern and historic performances inspired by ancient Greek and Roman texts - hosted by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford Classics Faculty).

Reimagining Ancient Greece and Rome: APGRD public lectures Oxford University

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Recordings of the lectures and in-conversation events with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and academics, on modern and historic performances inspired by ancient Greek and Roman texts - hosted by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford Classics Faculty).

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    Tragic Form in Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire

    Tragic Form in Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire

    Naomi Weiss delivers a public lecture on Kamila Shamsie's award-winning novel, Home Fire Naomi Weiss (Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University), talks on Kamila Shamsie’s retelling of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire (published by Bloomsbury, 2017; winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018). Streamed live on the APGRD YouTube channel on Monday 15 February 2021, and followed by a live Q&A with the online audience, with questions submitted via YouTube chat and email.

    • 1 hr 1 min
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    The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: New Visions of Tragedy in 21st-Century America

    The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: New Visions of Tragedy in 21st-Century America

    Rosa Andújar delivers a talk on the work of the award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro Streamed live on the APGRD YouTube channel on Monday 18 January 2021, Dr Rosa Andújar (KCL) talked about the award-winning Chicanx adaptations of Greek tragedy by writer, theatre director, social activist, and MacArthur Fellow, Luis Alfaro. Alfaro's Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey and Mojada transplant themes of Electra, Oedipus the King, and Medea into 21st-century Los Angeles, giving voice to the concerns of the Chicanx and wider Latinx communities. The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: Electricidad; Oedipus El Rey; Mojada, edited by Rosa Andújar, was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. The lecture was followed by a live Q&A with the online audience, with questions submitted via YouTube chat and email.

    • 55 min
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    A People’s History of Classics

    A People’s History of Classics

    Edith Hall and Henry Stead in conversation about their book, A People’s History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939 Edith Hall (KCL) and Henry Stead (St Andrews) were live-streamed on the APGRD YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday 23 November 2020 to present and discuss their new book, A People's History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939 (Routledge, 2020). The conversation was followed by a live Q&A with the online audience, with questions submitted via YouTube chat and email.

    • 57 min
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    Emily Wilson: A Reading

    Emily Wilson: A Reading

    A public reading at the APGRD from November 2017: Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), discusses and reads from her new translation of Homer's Odyssey. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 11 min
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    Josephine Balmer: A Reading

    Josephine Balmer: A Reading

    Poet, classical translator, research scholar and literary critic, Josephine Balmer reads from her latest collection, The Paths of Survival - inspired by the surviving fragments of Aeschylus's lost tragedy, Myrmidons. This reading is followed by a discussion with Josephine Balmer, Laura Swift, and Oliver Taplin.

    • 1 hr 7 min
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    Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments), a solo durational dance work

    Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments), a solo durational dance work

    Created by APGRD Artist in Residence Marie-Louise Crawley Marie-Louise Crawley spent six months in 2017 as Artist in Residence at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD). Her residency gave rise to the creation and performance of the solo durational dance work Likely Terpsichore? Fragments, performed and filmed in the Ashmolean museum. The work takes its inspiration from a marble sculpture in the museum, labelled 'likely Terpsichore, the muse of the dance', and draws on the stories of four female characters from myth (Galatea, Myrrha, Philomela and Medusa). It also formed the practice submission element of Marie-Louise's doctoral thesis, undertaken at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 47 min

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