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Visiting Classics Scholar, Dr. Johannah Hanink, evening lecture
Start Date: 10/24/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/24/2018End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description:
Philhellenism and the Invention of American History

What does the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth have to do with the Battle of Marathon? When the Greek revolutionaries declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, to which American citizen did they first send their proclamation? How did the Greek War of Independence shape American identity on the eve of the United States' 50th anniversary celebration in 1826?

This lecture will explore intersections between Philhellenism and nationalism, European and American identity, and ancient and modern Greece in early republican America. It will argue that the era's patriot-orators drew heavily on Greece, both ancient and modern, as they drafted new--and enduring--blueprints of U.S. patriotism.

Johanna Hanink earned her PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College). Her research focuses on classical Athens, particularly the cultural life of the city’s fourth century BCE. She is also especially interested in the intersections between modern politics and ideas about ancient Greece. She is author of The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard 2017) and Lycurgan Athens and the Making of Classical Tragedy (Cambridge 2014), and co-editor, with Richard Fletcher, of the volume Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity: Poets, Artists, and Biography (2016). Her next book, a volume of translations of speeches from Thucydides, is called How to Think about War; An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy and will be published by Princeton this February.



Location Information:
Phillips Exeter Academy - Elizabeth Phillips Academy Center  (View Map)
9 Tan Lane
Exeter, NH 03833
Room: Forum
Contact Information:
Name: Mr. Nick Unger
Phone: 603-777-4053
Who Can Attend:
Free and open to the public.
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