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UI lecture series to focus on ancient Greek tragedies
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of an ongoing series on Greek theatre, the
University of Iowa department of classics is sponsoring a five-part lecture
series by a noted authority on Greek drama and culture.
Theodore Buttrey, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and
a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, has been
chosen as a UI Ida Beam Lecturer and will present five talks under the
theme, "Shape and Meaning in Greek Tragedy," beginning March
13. All of the lectures will be in the English-Philosophy Building, Rm.
105, except for the last lecture, which will be in the Chemistry Building,
All of the lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule
is as follows:
* Thursday, March 13 -- 2:30 p.m., "What is a Greek Tragedy?"
* Friday, March 14 -- 4:30 p.m., "Euripides' Medea"
* Tuesday, March 18 -- 4:30 p.m., "Aeschylus' Agamemnon"
* Wednesday, March 19 -- 2:30 p.m., "Some Patterns and Conventions
* Wednesday, March 19 -- 7:30 p.m., "Euripides' Trojan Women:
The Victim as Agent of Destruction."
Buttrey received a doctorate from Princeton University in 1953 and
was a member of the University of Michigan faculty from 1964 to 1986.
He is widely published in the fields of Greek tragedy, Greek and Roman
cultural history and numismatics, the study and collection of ancient coins.
"Professor Buttrey has thought deeply and intelligently about
the nature of Greek tragedy, especially about its structure and the impact
the genre had on fifth-century audiences and can have on us," said
UI Associate Professor of Classics Mary Depew, who organized the lecture
series. "He is famous for engaging an audience, and his lectures
promise to be lively and informative."
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation
in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from
the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI
established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to
the university for lectures and discussions.
For further information, contact Depew at (319)335-2938.