Lecture: Classical Studies

Thursday, February 21, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
Downey House Downey 113 (Hobbs Classroom)
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Sierpinski, Deborah A.

Talk given by James J. Ohara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Title:  "News or Entertainment?  Teaching, Pretending to Teach, and the Authority of the Speaker in Roman Didactic and Satire"

What are the goals of our news programs, satirical comedians, and films about historical events?  Do they aim to teach and inform, to entertain, or something else? 

This talk will ask similar questions about Greek and Roman poems that seem to teach or satirize:  are they really teaching their readers, or just playing a game in which they pretend to teach while pursuing other goals?  And what are the consequences of asking these questions if we want to know the truth about the ancient or modern worlds.   

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