Life-Lessons from Ancient Greek Tragedy: Enjoying Euripides and CAV Annual General Meeting

Public Lecture and Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014; Lecture 6:00; Annual General Meeting at 5:45
Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building, The University of Melbourne (corner of Grattan Street & Barry Street, Carlton)

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Dr. K.O. Chong-Gossard, University of Melbourne

The ancient Athenians acted out the stories of their legendary kings and princesses every spring during their dramatic festival, the Dionysia. These tragedies have remained at the core of Western literature because they continue to be relevant in every age. This lecture looks at a lesser-known and fragmentary play, Euripides’ Hypsipyle, whose female characters make extreme choices in the face of extraordinary misfortunes. It is the only known ancient tragedy to dramatize the accidental death of an infant through the negligence of his nursemaid. It is also one of the few tragedies in which a woman–in this case, the infant’s mother–is persuaded not to seek revenge for the death of her family. Through both positive and negative examples, the heroines of Greek tragedy can even today teach us life lessons about grief, endurance, and forgiveness.

Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard is a senior lecturer in Classics at The University of Melbourne, and is known to most of you as the Honorary Secretary of the Classical Association of Victoria. He is the author of “Gender and Communication in Euripides’ Plays: Between Song and Silence” (Brill 2008), co-editor (with AJ Turner and FV Vervaet) of “Private and Public Lies: the Discourse of Despotism in the Graeco-Roman World” (Brill 2010), and author of numerous articles on Greek drama, as well as ancient language pedagogy. He has over 200 teddy bears in his office, and owns two cats that demand most of his attention.

Immediately prior to this lecture, the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Classical Association of Victoria (CAV) will take place. The AGM runs for 10 minutes, beginning at 5:45 pm. K.O. Chong-Gossard’s public lecture will begin at 6:00 pm (please note the early starting time).

The AGM will include the election of office bearers. Any nominations (by current members of the CAV) for the following positions should reach the Honorary Secretary (email preferred) by Thursday 11 December: president, secretary, treasurer, and council members. Nominations should be signed by the nominee and seconded.