The Fifth Annual Hellenic Civilization Lecture
Dr. Leslie Kurke
Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature
University of Claifornia, Berkeley
In January 2014, newly discovered poems by Sappho—dubbed ‘the tenth Muse’ by the
philosopher Plato—made waves internationally. This public lecture will review the
discovery, decipherment, and publication of the papyri before offering an interpretation
of one of these newly discovered poems: who is addressing whom (and the nature of the
discourse), and how the poem relates to those of Homer and other early poets. The
lecture will then offer a briefer reading of another new Sappho poem first published in
2004 in light of the insights offered by the 2014 text.
Dr. Leslie Kurke is Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature
at the University of California, Berkeley. A renowned expert on Greek literature and
cultural history, she has received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship
(1999-2004) and other awards.
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 3:00pm
118 St. John's College
Reception to follow.
Everyone is welcome.