As promised I’m filing up the back catalogue of talks, so here is Emma Stafford, author of a newly-published book on the Greek hero Herakles (Herakles in the series Gods and Heroes in the Ancient World by Routledge: November, 2011) on “The Afterlife of a Hero” for the New Classical Research Day, 21st October 2011.
I missed this myself, so was glad of an opportunity to catch up!
Emma Stafford explores why Hercules is the hero of choice when different periods choose to (re-)examine what constitutes heroism. “Afterlife” is a direct translation of the German term nachleben which is used to describe what is otherwise called “reception” – in other words, appears in later times and other places than the original one.
Listen the “The Afterlife of a Hero”
Open the Afterlife of a hero handout (pdf)
View the Afterlife of a Hero Powerpoint
Find this also on the Other Talks page.