October 01, 2014
On Thursday, October 9, Hampden-Sydney College will host Dr. Frederick Ahl, from Cornell University, when he delivers a lecture entitled "Polyphemus and Oedipus: What happens when you let Nobodies define you."
Dr. Ahl is one of two keynote speakers at The Ancient Drama in Performance III Conference which will be held at Randolph College, in Lynchburg, the following weekend. This conference revolves around Randolph's dramatic presentation of Sophocles' Oedipus, the dress rehearsal of which H-SC students and faculty are attending en masse the Sunday, October 5.
Ahl is a Professor of Classics and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. His published works include: Lucan: An Introduction; Seneca: Three Tragedies; Metaformations: Soundplay and Wordplay in Ovid and Other Classical Poets; Sophocles' Oedipus: Evidence and Self-Conviction; Statius' Thebaid: A Reconsideration; The Odyssey Re-formed; and various articles on Greek music, Homeric narrative, ancient rhetoric, and Roman imperial poetry.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Western Culture Program, and the Committee on Lectures and Programs. It is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 PM in the Bortz Library (fourth floor).