Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011
The 12th annual "Ghosts in Togas" lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Albright Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Frederick Ahl of Cornell University will give a talk titled: "Laughter in the Hereafter."
Ahl's areas of research include Greek and Roman epic and drama, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. He has published countless articles and books dealing with ancient poetry and culture including works on Homer, Lucan, Ovid, Seneca, Sophocles, and Statius. He recently published a translation of Virgil's "Aeneid" through Oxford University Press.
The "Ghosts in Togas" lectures began under HWS Classics Professor Lynn Sawlivich. In the first year, Sawlivich invited Professor Deborah Felton, who is an expert on ancient ghosts and werewolves, and author of "Haunted Greece and Rome," to give a talk to HWS students and faculty. In the second year, Professor Sawlivich invited Leah Himmelhoch (then a professor at Colgate) to give a talk on "Haunted Chariot Race Tracks."
"Lynn asked me to take over Eta Sigma Phi and to keep the "Ghosts in Togas" series alive; I promised him that I would do my best," said Himmelhoch. The series continues and remains tied to the Eta Sigma Phi initiation ceremony.
The Department of Classics, the HWS Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, and the National Classics Honor Society are sponsoring this lecture. Everyone is invited.