Fall Classics Talks: Ashley Bachhi: “Epic Hellenistic Poetry Battles”- Wed. Oct. 5, 4:10pm

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Please join us for the first talk of the quarter (flier attached). Refreshments will be provided.

Ashley Bacchi

"Epic Hellenistic Poetry Battles"

Wednesday, Oct. 5, @ 4.10pm 53A Olson Hall

Hellenistic poets used traditional material such as Homer and Hesiod as a battleground of wits, a stage to show others how clever their poetry was in comparison to others. A Jewish author, writing under the guise of the Sibyl, stepped up in this Hellenistic poetry battle. This talk will discuss how a Jewish author made subtle jabs to demonstrate his familiarity with traditional hexameter models as well as call out current trends in Hellenistic poetry. The Jewish author confidently inverts and subordinates allusions to Greek religious tradition to align with his own monotheistic sensibilities. The creativity of the author reflects a complex hybrid identity that draws inspiration from both Greek and Jewish tradition to form innovative poetry that can hold up to any of the other Hellenistic poets.

Hellenistic poets used traditional material such as Homer and Hesiod as a battleground of wits, a stage to show others how clever their poetry was in comparison to others. A Jewish author, writing under the guise of the Sibyl, stepped up in this Hellenistic poetry battle. This talk will discuss how a Jewish author made subtle jabs to demonstrate his familiarity with traditional hexameter models as well as call out current trends in Hellenistic poetry. The Jewish author confidently inverts and subordinates allusions to Greek religious tradition to align with his own monotheistic sensibilities. The creativity of the author reflects a complex hybrid identity that draws inspiration from both Greek and Jewish tradition to form innovative poetry that can hold up to any of the other Hellenistic poets.

All are welcome!

Two additional talks are also scheduled:

Jerry Murphy (UC Davis)

Quintilian (title TBD)

Wed. Nov. 2 @ 4.10 pm

Caleb Dance (Washington and Lee)

(Title TBD)

Wed. Nov. 30

Colin Webster

Assistant Professor

UC Davis, Classics Program

710 Sproul Hall

Davis, CA

Bacchi-HellenisticPoetryBattles.pdf