The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Professor Emily Wilson,
University of Pennsylvania
LocationSt. Bartholomew’s Church (New York City)
325 Park Avenue
New York 10022
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens will launch its 2023-24 Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series, featuring esteemed classicist and translator of Homer's "Odyssey," Emily Wilson. The three, separate lectures are free, both live and live-streamed, in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 2023, in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2024, and in New York City on May 8, 2024.
“My three talks will examine the themes of heroic greatness, destiny and wisdom in the Homeric poems and other works of ancient Greek literature,” explained Prof. Wilson. “I will reconsider the connections, gaps and differences between antiquity and contemporary cultures.”
She added: "I am thrilled to launch this season of the Potamianos Lecture series, providing a platform to examine the profound influence of ancient Greece on our contemporary world.” "By fostering dialogue and intellectual exchange, we hope to broaden our understanding of the past and its impact on the present."
Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library said, “We are delighted to host such a brilliant, spirited classicist, who does not shy away from reinterpreting ancient texts through translation in order to showcase how connected they are with our world today.”