28th May 2012Poetry from the Greek OlympicsA special event celebrating the poetry of the original Greek Olympics.
Exploring the role played by poetry in the ancient Greek games, this fascinating event provided insights into a literary tradition that has its roots in the very beginning of the civilised world. On the eve of London 2012 we looked at the founding of the modern games, and celebrate the great poetic legacy of the Olympics.
Dr Armand D’Angour is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Greeks and the New (Cambridge University Press 2011) and an expert on ancient Greek poetry, music, and metre. In 2004 he was commissioned to compose a Pindaric Ode to Athens in ancient Greek for the Athens Olympics. He has been commissioned to compose an Ode for the London Olympics 2012.
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama at Oxford University. She is also a judge of the Times/Spender prize for poetry in translation. She has published widely on the presence of ancient Greece and Rome in modern literature, and her most recent books include Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (2010) and The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey (2008).
Patrick McGuinness is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford. He is the author of two collections of poems, The Canals of Mars and Jilted City (both published by Carcanet), a novel, The Last Hundred Days (Seren UK and Bloomsbury USA) which was long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for fiction and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.