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Following on from their research project Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History, Dr Emma Greensmith (Oxford), Dr Emily Kneebone (Nottingham) and Professor Tim Whitmarsh, Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Greek Studies, explore the motivations behind the continued creation of Greek epic poems during a period of Roman domination.

Epic was, for Greeks throughout antiquity, the most prestigious literary form, the apex of the hierarchy of genres. Through it they articulated their conceptions of war, empire, mortality, religion, gender, the natural order, psychology and cultural identity. This discussion will consider how Greek epic poetry affords valuable insights into how Greeks of the Roman era, with one eye always on their cultural past, sought to rationalise the profound changes taking place in their present.

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Topic: Greek Dialogues Online - Why did Greeks in the Roman Empire still write epic poems?
Time: Jul 20, 2021 06:30 PM London

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 - 18:30 to 19:30
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