Sappho, Satyrs, Socrates and Seduction
13 September 2019 - Chemistry
Sappho, Satyrs, Socrates and Seduction: Aspects of the Greek Symposium is an illustrated talk discussing the culture of the Greek symposium — or drinking party — of the Classical period (fifth and early fourth centuries BCE), an occasion marked by reverence for Dionysos, god of wine, and a figure associated with instinctive life, fertility, artistic creation, as well as death and renewal.
Symposia were opportunities for displays of wit, recitation of erotic and other poetry, philosophising on the nature of desire and the pursuit of sensual indulgence. The importance of this social activity is attested by Aristophanes and Plato among others, and evident in the vast amounts of pottery which depict scenes of myth as well as of the aristocracy at play.
Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan, of the University of Canterbury Department of Classics, has published widely on Archaic and Classical Greek art, literature and culture, epic and lyric poetry, theatre, rhetoric, ancient aesthetics and literary criticism, athletics, and atheism. He was involved as translator and actor in a full production of Euripides’ satyr play Cyclops, produced in Christchurch, which was linked to his co-authored book on Greek satyric drama, published in 2013. He currently has a contract with Routledge for a forthcoming book, provisionally entitled, The Rhetoric of Greek Art.
Join us for this free public talk, and take advantage of the opportunity to view Fantastic Feasts, the newest exhibition at the Teece Museum. Museum doors will open at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.00pm.
Please note: Due to the explicit material involved in this talk, this presentation is restricted to those aged 16 years and over.
Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Teece Museum, University of Canterbury Arts City Location, Chemistry building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch