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Tragedy and Archaic Greek Thought

April 10, 2008

A Conference hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The aim of the conference is to explore the relation (be it complementary or antithetical) between Greek tragedy and Archaic thought, i.e. the broad nexus of ideas, both traditional and philosophical, that the genre and its audience may be said to have inherited from the Archaic period, broadly defined – ideas such as the justice of the gods and the prospect of their envy, the instability of human fortune, the principle of alternation, hybris and ate, inherited guilt, the influence of Presocratic thinkers, etc. We believe this relation is due for a fresh exploration.

Dates: 13 – 15 June 2008

Venue:  Edinburgh University, Old High School

Graduate Bursaries:

Ten Classical Association and Hellenic Society bursaries of £100 are available for graduate students with an interest in Greek tragedy and Greek archaic thought. Applications should be made to Lesley McLean, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh, William Robertson Building, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JY, email, tel. 0131 650 8477. Applicants should outline why attendance would be useful to their studies and ask one referee, preferably their head of department or supervisor, to write briefly in support of their application. Closing date is 9 May 2008.


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