New seminar shines a light on the development of ‘The Greek Tragedy’


A new lecture will be presented online by Dr Sebastiana Nervegna, titled Performing Greek Tragedy around the Mediterranean, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Born and fostered in Classical Athens, tragedy was a quintessential Athenian genre yet it soon spread around the Mediterranean, especially in the West.

This seminar reconstructs the theatrical reception of Greek tragedy from the fourth through to the first century BC by focusing on three main contexts: fourth-century Athens, fourth-century South Italy and Republican Rome.

READ MORE: Seminar series on Greek history and culture to resume online this week

The seminar hopes to inform people on how the plays kept attracting ancient audiences and how different cultural communities responded to them.

This lecture was originally scheduled for Monday 16 March, at the Greek Centre, yet was rescheduled to Thursday 23 July.

READ MORE: Public seminar series on Greek history and culture to resume online

Dr Sebastiana Nervegna works on Greek and Roman drama and, more generally, on the history of the ancient theatre and its reception in antiquity. She is currently an ARC Future Fellow at the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash.

She is the author of two books, Menander in Antiquity: The Contexts of Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Reception of Greek Tragedy in the Ancient Theatre (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), as well as several articles, book chapters and contributions to reference works. Her current project is a book on the reception of Greek drama in South Italy.




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