The Fall 2012 Franke Lectures explore the constant adaptation and reinvention of classical texts spurred by the trauma of modern history. The lectures were organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Contemporary Reception of Greek and Roman Classics,” taught by Professor Emily Greenwood.
- Madeline Miller, author, “The Song of Achilles”
- Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews and Norman McBeath, “Simonides and the War on Terror”
- James Tatum, Dartmouth College, “Ragging the Classics: The Story of Music in James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man”
- Alice Oswald, poet, “Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad”
- Peter Meineck, New York University, “Combat Trauma and the Tragic Stage: Ancient Drama/ Modern Catharsis”