Department of Classics

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Thu, November 10, 2011 | Avaya Auditorium (ACE 2.302)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Staged Reading of Scenes From Ancient Greek Drama

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives is a national initiative to bring vital humanities programming to public venues around the country. Its programs bring people together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate our lives and society today. The initiative is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations, 

The evening's program features staged readings of scenes from three Greek plays and an epic poem: Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Ajax by Sophocles, Herakles by Euripides, and Homer's Odyssey. The readings will be followed by an open town-hall discussion addressing issues of contemporary relevance explored in the scenes, including the impact of war on those who fight it and the sometimes traumatic consequences for their families and friends. Audience dialogue will be encouraged.

The readings will be directed by Peter Meineck, Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre and Professor of Classics at NYU.

The following discussion will be co-moderated by Tom Palaima, the Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor of Classics at UT, and Sharon Wills, Team Leader for the Postraumatic Stress Disorders Clinical Team at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, Project Director for Outreach to Student veterans at UT, and Assistant Professor at the TAMU Health Sciences School of Medicine.

Helping to organize and direct the readings is Johnny Meyer, a former Army Airborne Ranger and staff sergeant, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and playwright.  He is now an NSF graduate research fellow in the Government Dept.  For more on Johnny and his work, see:

For a preview of the scenes to be staged, downloadable versions of the four passages can be found at:

The ACE building is located on the southeast corner of Speedway and 24th Street.

Parking is generally available in campus garages. Nearest are San Jacinto Garage (SJG), Speedway Garage (SWG), and 27th St. Garage (TSG):





Sponsored by: the Department of Classics and the Onassis Foundation

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