Hesiod: A modern poet for the times
Alicia Stallings, MacArthur Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Stephanie Larson, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Co-Director of the Thebes Ismenion Synergasia Excavation Project, Bucknell University, as respondent
Synopsis of the lecture:
A. E. Stallings, poet, critic, and verse translator, will discuss and read from her new verse translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days, focusing on the experience of translating Hesiod (a poet deeply concerned with justice, work, debt, and hard times) in Greece during the Greek financial meltdown. She is also interested in Hesiod as an original thinker, the Works and Days as unique in the canon with its quirky mixture of the cosmic and the personal, and in Boeotia not as cultural backwater, but as central to the Greek imagination.
Short bio of the lecturer & the respondent:
A. E. Stallings is an American poet who has lived in Athens since 1999. She studied Classics at the University of Georgia and at Oxford University. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, Olives, and has published a verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, with Penguin Classics. A Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, she is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her translation of Works and Days is also forthcoming with Penguin Classics in July.Stephanie Larson focuses in her scholarship primarily on ancient Boiotia (Tales of Epic Ancestry, 2007 and numerous articles) but has also published on the Odyssey, Sappho, and Herodotus. She co-directs the excavations in Thebes, Greece, at the Ismenion hill, where she is currently working on the final publication of that multi-period site. In addition, she is particularly interested in Hesiod and Pindar.