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Visiting Classics Scholar, Dr. Johannah Hanink
Start Date: 10/25/2018Start Time: 12:40 PM
End Date: 10/25/2018End Time: 1:30 PM
Event Description:

The Classical Languages Department is hosting Dr. Johanna Hanink, Associate Professor of Classics at Brown University, as our Visiting Scholar from October 23-26. We invite you to participate in a four-part lunch seminar in the Latin Study entitled Art and Politics in Classical Athens.

This seminar will explore the intersections between art and political life in Athens. Over the four sessions, we examine how classical Athens "performed" itself – as a city and as an idea – to its citizens and its empire. During each of our sessions we will make connections between aspects of Athenian and modern American political and cultural life as we consider what narratives are conveyed by city skylines and civic personifications, how national history is invented, and just how "free" free speech really is.


Tuesday, October 23, 12:40-1:30

The drama of the Athenian cityscape


Wednesday, October 24, 12:50-1:40
Personifying Athens


Thursday, October 25, 12:40-1:30
Fake olds: how the Athenians invented history


Friday, October 26, 12:40-1:30
The unwritten rules of Athenian free speech


Sign up for catered lunch with Mr. Unger by Monday, October 22 at Students are encouraged to attend all four meetings for the full seminar experience.


Also, Prof. Hanink will present an evening lecture open to the public (no reservation required):


Philhellenism and the invention of American history

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Elizabeth Phillips Academy Center, Forum, 7:00pm


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 - Academy Building
53 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Room: Latin Study
Contact Information:
Name: Mr. Nick Unger
Phone: 603-777-4053
Who Can Attend:
Open to the Phillips Exeter Academy community only.
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