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Department of Classics to host lecture on classical Athenian culture

Claude Calame, Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, will deliver the 2008 Walsh Memorial Lecture, entitled “Heroic Death, Political Cult, Tragedy and Gender in Classical Athens: Praxithea, Erechtheus and their Daughters.” The lecture will take place in CL 110 at 4pm on Friday, October 31.

Calame is a remarkably prolific scholar, who brings the tools of cultural anthropology and a distinctive literary sensibility to bear upon a vast range of texts and problems. His publications include Thésée et l’imaginaire athénien, The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece, Pratiques poétiques de la mémoire: representations de l’espace-temps en Grèce ancienne, Myth and History in Ancient Greece, and Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece, as well as an edition of Alcman and numerous edited collections.

Each year, a distinguished classicist is invited to give a lecture in honor of the memory of George B. Walsh, BA 1967, eminent classicist, literary scholar, and both member (1971-1989) and chair (1988-1989) of the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures.

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