Date: Thursday – 23 July @ 7pm, (Already Passed)
Presenters: Dr. Sebastiana Nervegna
Language of Presentation: English | R.M.L.G.*: 0 – No knowledge of Greek required.
Born and fostered in Classical Athens, tragedy was a quintessential Athenian genre yet it soon spread around the Mediterranean, especially in the West. This seminar reconstructs the theatrical reception of Greek tragedy from the fourth through to the first century BC by focusing on three main contexts: fourth-century Athens, fourth-century South Italy and Republican Rome. These sources allow us to identify the plays that kept attracting ancient audiences and how different cultural communities responded to them.
Sebastiana Nervegna works on Greek and Roman drama and, more generally, on the history of the ancient theatre and its reception in antiquity. She was educated in Italy (University of Bologna) and in Canada (University of Toronto) and she has been working in Australia for about ten years. She spent six years at the University of Sydney, first as the Kevin Lee Postdoctoral Research Fellow, funded by the Kudos Foundation, and then as an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Australian Research Council. She is currently an ARC Future Fellow at the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash. She is the author of two books, Menander in Antiquity: The Contexts of Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Reception of Greek Tragedy in the Ancient Theatre (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), as well as several articles, book chapters and contributions to reference works. Her current project is a book on the reception of Greek drama in South Italy.
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