The Body Beautiful

17th April 2015 19:00
British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Poet in the City presents an event exploring the relationship between poetry, sculpture and art in ancient Greece, as part of the events programme accompanying the British Museum exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.

Featuring live poetry and discussion, objects from the exhibition are brought to life through their own vivid myths, as we explore the fascinating impact of these immortalised figures of beauty in society, through the ages.

From the shock waves felt with the arrival of this art in 19th century England on the Romantic poets, to the echoes felt in poetry and art today, this is a celebration of the timeless force of an ancient legacy

Simon Armitage is an award winning poet and Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. Publications include Seeing Stars (2010), an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey (2006) and The Death of King Arthur (2012). In 2014 he published Paper Aeroplane: Selected poems 1989-2014. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.

Ian Jenkins has responsibility for the ancient Greek collections at the British Museum. He joined the Museum in 1978 from the University of Bristol, where he read ancient Greek with Archaeology and Ancient History. While working at the Museum he wrote his PhD thesis on the collection history of its Egyptian, Assyrian and Classical sculptures.

Michael Squire is Lecturer in Classical Greek Art at King’s College London. He is author of several books on Graeco-Roman art and its reception, including The Art of the Body: Antiquity and its Legacy (2011); he was awarded a 2012 Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research into Classics and art history.

Dr Jennifer Wallace is Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Publications include Shelley and Greece: Rethinking Romantic Hellenism and the forthcoming The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880, with Norman Vance (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Lucy Tregear has been acting for over 25 years for stage, including the West End and RSC, TV, film and radio. In 2014 she was part of the successful Middlemarch Trilogy at the Orange Tree Theatre.


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