On Wed Sept 17 about 15 of us attended the Getty Villa's matinee performance of Aeschylus' "Persians" by the CITI theater group. Some who attended were majors and minors, other were students in Tom Cirillo's Ancient Drama class. The group did a very creditable job of recreating this play for a modern audience: Aeschylus lives! One highlight was the messenger speech by acto Will Bond describing the wreck of the Persian fleet at Salamis by the Athenians. Another highlight was the Q & A after the performance with the actors and chorus members.
In the pics: (1) Some Classics majors (Sandy, Perla, Kathryn & Joshua); (2) Tom Cirillo and students from CLAS 337; (3) the program; (4) Shelby Brown, Getty dramaturge, introduces the cast; (5) Actor Will Bond describes his preparation for that "marathon" messenger speech--no pun intended!
Both Classics Departments joined forces to engage Prof. Leslie Kurke (Classics & Comp Lit, UC Berkeley) in conversation about her award-winning book "Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose" (2011). About 35 people attended, including a good Bruin cohort from Westwood.
(1) Leslie spoke for about 20 minutes on her approach to the methodology that guided her in writing this innovative work. In a nutshell: ask others for help suggesting theoretical works that will help you answer the questions you put to the texts with which you are working.
(2) 7 faculty and grad students from both departments asked Leslie one or two questions about different chapters: Richard Ellis (UCLA), Greg Thalmann (USC), Kristen Mann (UCLA), Russell Pascatore (USC), Mario Telò (UCLA), Christian Lehmann (USC), Alex Purves (UCLA), and James Collins (USC).
(3) Ellen Finkerlpearl (Scripps College) spoke for 15 minutes about the Roman context of Aesop (including Phaedrus) and asked Leslie several questions.
(4) A few questions from those in attendance concluded the event itself, which was followed by a reception at the University Club.
Photos include: Leslie Kurke, Ellen Finkelpearl, James Collins, Kathryn Morgan, Mario Telò