Sidney Fellow Dr Tania Demetriou has co-organised a workshop to explore how ancient tragedy, whether Greek or Roman, was received, reworked, and translated in early modern England.

On Saturday 18 May in Sidney's Knox-Shaw Room, Tania will be joined by co-organisers Dr Katherine Heavey (University of Glasgow), and Dr Andrew Taylor (University of Cambridge), and by a number of speakers throughout the day who will be discussing some thought-provoking questions, including:

  • How were models of Greek or Roman tragedy used, combined, or set in opposition to one another, in English writing of this period?
  • Did English authors perceive a hierarchy of Greek and Roman tragedy, and if so, what difference did this make to their own adaptations and reworkings?
  • How did the educational background of an author, or the circumstances under which they wrote influence their choice and reworking of classical tragic models?
  • Does the language of ancient tragedy invite different reader responses or reading and printing practices?
  • Are ancient tragic models differentially gendered?
  • And what, finally, are the implications of excavating early modern England’s encounter with classical tragedy for our own perception of these ancient works?

This is a Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies workshop.

Please download the associated PDF to view more information about the programme and costs involved.

To register, please contact or before Friday 10 May 2019. 

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