With apologies to all those planning to come to this talk, illness yesterday/today has prevented its completion. The talk will be delivered instead on February 23rd 2017. The January talk will be on the 26th and by Emma Stafford, title “Facing your Nemesis: how an ancient Greek goddess has become the arch-enemy of modern sport and politics”.
Eleanor OKell, Research Administrative Assistant on Emma Stafford’s Hercules Project, talks about the presence of Hercules in two distinctly different examples of the historical novel: Kate Mosse’s Citadel set in the Languedoc during the Second World War and Stephanie Laurens’ The Truth About Love set in Cornwall during the Regency period.
Both these novels invoke Hercules by name and the hero provides contextualisation for the events and relationships therein. For example, in Mosse the myth of Hercules’ relationship with Pyrene underpins the whole landscape (it is an origin myth for the Pyrenees) and in Laurens the Garden of Hercules forms a frequently referenced part of the landscape; in both the presentation of Herculean myth as a background prompts the reader to extrapolate from the legend of Hercules to the characters depicted and their struggles. The similarities and differences between the two authors’ uses of Hercules suggests that C21st literature is open to exploring facets of the ancient hero’s character which go beyond monster-slaying and into the realm of the romantic/erotic.
Ancient Worlds Gallery 12:15-12:45 Thursday 24th November 2016.
In this talk Henry Clarke (Teaching Fellow in Roman History and Culture, University of Leeds) drew links between his teaching on Ancient Empires and the Roman World and his research into local responses to the Roman Empire.
He looked specifically at tales of resistance by non-Romans to either the advances of the Empire or of Roman power and control. Boudicca is perhaps the best known example of ‘British’ resistance to Rome, whilst the fate of the pre-Roman city of Numantia in Spain is a strong example of an ancient event that has been adapted to serve as a Modern Spanish symbol of the nation and its power to defend itself.
He began by outlining classical literary accounts of Boudicca and Numantia, before exploring how their stories have been adopted and adapted over the centuries into the National Symbols we see today.
In this talk, Henry Clarke, both Classicist at the University of Leeds and rowing coach at Leeds Rowing Club, combined his two passions to explore the links between rowing in the ancient and modern worlds. For the ancient world powers in Egypt, Greece and Rome, rowing was a fundamental means of transportation and warfare. The Trireme in particular required a high degree of skill and precision to ensure over 150 rowers would respond to orders instantly and as one body. Although the sporting aspect of rowing has been attributed to 17th Century England, frequent training exercises and racing competitions were considered essential for guaranteeing an effective crew by the Roman navy. The same goes for today’s competitive rowing clubs.
Days before the 2016 Boat Race is due to take place on the River Thames in London, Henry traced the history of rowing from the boat race in Virgil’s Aeneid to the modern annual contest between Oxford and Cambridge University. The talk explored the differences between the sport of rowing in the ancient and modern worlds; the crafts used to compete, from galleys and triremes to the latest racing shell; and the technological innovations introduced along the way.
In this talk Henry Clarke (Teaching Fellow in Roman History and Culture, University of Leeds) will draw links between his teaching on Ancient Empires and the Roman World and his research into local responses to the Roman Empire.
He will look specifically at tales of resistance by non-Romans to either the advances of the Empire or of Roman power and control. Boudicca is perhaps the best known example of ‘British’ resistance to Rome, whilst the fate of the pre-Roman city of Numantia in Spain is a strong example of an ancient event that has been adapted to serve as a Modern Spanish symbol of the nation and its power to defend itself.
He will begin by outlining classical literary accounts of Boudicca and Numantia, before exploring how their stories have been adopted and adapted over the centuries into the National Symbols we see today.
This talk will explore a number of works inspired by Apuleius’ story of Cupid and Psyche that can be found in the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections. Ranging from plays to novels, from operas to book illustrations, this cultural legacy covers the history of the reception of the story from 1511 to 1922 and items from it are being digitised with explanatory notes in an online resource through Regine May‘s Cupid and Psyche project.
An opportunity to see some of the materials destined for the online resource in more detail is available at Light Night on Friday 7th October 2016 in the anteroom to the Council Chamber on the first floor of Parkinson Building as part of “The Elements of Love: Cupid and Psyche”, please see our webpage.
Regine is not able to give this talk as planned, due to a meeting being rescheduled at short notice, so the talk will be delivered by Eleanor OKell.
In this talk Eleanor OKell explores connections between Homer’s Iliad and a number of World War I poems by classically educated and non-classically educated poets, most of whom were part of or responded to the Gallipolli campaign (1915-1916) on the plains of Homer’s ‘windy Troy’.
Connections revealed will range from quotation (both direct and indirect) to allusion and the talk will discuss ways of differentiating and interpreting these to determine not only the extent of Homer’s influence on modern war poets but also the possible influence of war (in this location) on Homer’s epic.
Poems referred to in the talk will include some by well known and some by lesser known, or indeed unknown, poets. For those who might wish to read the poems in advance (the texts and Homeric material will be provided), the poets and poems focused upon will be: Edward Shillito (A New Iliad), A. P. Herbert (The Bathe), Patrick Shaw Stewart (Achilles in the Trench), an anonymous poem (The Dardanelles) printed by permission of M. Parkinson in These were Men: Poems of the War 1914-18, Seigfried Sassoon (Remorse) and Wilfred Owen (Dulce et decorum est).
Mother of Dragons: the displaced princess in Greek tragedy and Game of Thrones.
Maria Haley draws out the comparisons between Daenerys Targaryen and Medea, both princesses have left their native lands, use magic and command dragons. Focusing on George R. R. Martin’s novels and Euripides’ Medea and its associated mythology, Maria’s comparisons reveal a key role for dragons in the narrative of the displaced princess.