The Acropolis Museum is devoting the evening of Friday, November 29, to the memory of Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
John Dillon, professor emeritus of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin, will deliver a lecture titled “Seamus Heaney and the Heritage of Greece.” Heaney’s poems will be recited in the original by Giorgos Chouliaras and in Greek translation by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke. Spyros Zambelis will sing two Heaney songs with musician Labri Giotto accompanying on the lyre.
Heaney died in August at the age of 74. The Irishman traveled to Greece often; he was on holiday in Greece in 1995 when he learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Much of his work is layered with themes from Greek mythology. “Mycenae Lookout” draws on the “Oresteia” of Aeschylus, while “The Cure at Troy” is a verse adaptation of Sophocles’s tragedy “Philoctetes.”
The event, organized by the Irish Embassy and the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens, begins at 7.30 p.m. For more information, please call 210.900.0900.