Lecture on ‘Ancient Plays, Modern Minds’

“Ancient Plays, Modern Minds: Reading, understanding and performing Greek tragedy in the 21st century» is the title of a very interesting lecture to be given by Professor Patricia Easterling, of the Royal Chair of Classical Literature at Cambridge University, at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Athens on Tuesday, April 15, at 7.30 p.m. The lecture, to be given in English with simultaneous translation, is being held by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Hellenic Humanities Association and the Onassis Foundation Scholarship Union. There will be a greeting by the chairman of the foundation’s board, Stelios Papadimitriou, and Ioanna Kondyli, chairwoman of the board of the scholarship union. Professor Ioannis-Theofanis Papadimitriou, of Athens University’s faculty of classical literature, and president of the Hellenic Humanities Association, is to make a presentation of Easterling’s academic and research work. Easterling has been honorary lecturer at Athens University since 1996. She retired form Cambridge in 2001 and has served as president of many European and international associations related to Greek studies. Her writing has highlighted the work of ancient writers, particularly the three great writers of tragedy, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Easterling will be in Athens for a month within the context of the Onassis Foundation’s Eighth Foreigners’ Program, which has been operating since 1995. A reception will follow the lecture.