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Reflections on an ancient line of verse: Cavafy Reading Plutarch Poems

Start Date: November 14, 2018
End Date: November 14, 2018
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Location: Snfcc

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The series of lectures on Modern-Greek poetry continues at SNFCC in November. Emmanouela Kantzia, PhD in Comparative Literature, invites us to a unique journey into the lives and works of three major Modern Greek poets who converse with ancient Greek tradition. The second lecture is entitled Cavafy reading Plutarch.

C.P. Cavafy (1863–1933), a historical and erotic poet, often set his poems in the Hellenistic period. The material and poetic stimulus are often provided by Plutarch. The Alexandrian
poet was especially fascinated by the Lives of Antony and Demetrius, details of which frequently form the basis of his poems (“Kaisarion,” “Alexandrian Kings,” “The God Abandons Antony,” “King Demetrius”). In an ongoing conversation with Plutarch, he satirizes human weaknesses, observes the spectacle of everyday life, and studies death.

Wednesday 14/11 | 19.00–20.30

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Cavafy Reading Plutarch Poems: “The God Abandons Antony,” “King Demetrius,” “Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340”

Forthcoming lecture:

Friday 21/12 | 19.00–20.30

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Seferis’s black Eumenides Poems: Excerpts from “Mythistorema”: 12 [Bottle in the Sea], 16 [The name is Orestes], 17; “The King of Asini”

Greek Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

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