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October 23-24, 2009
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Keynote Speakers

Gregory Nagy and Anton Bierl, internationally recognized for their diachronic studies of Greek literature and culture, will give the keynote addresses.

Gregory Nagy

nagy Born in Budapest, Hungary, Gregory Nagy was educated at Indiana University and Harvard University, where he studied Classical Philology and Linguistics. He has been a member of the faculty at Harvard since 1975. In 1984 he was named the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature. He is also the Curator of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature and, since August of 2000, the Director of Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies. Professor Nagy has served as Chair of the Harvard University Classics Department and as President of the American Philological Association.

Gregory Nagy is a renowned authority in the field of Homeric studies and archaic Greek poetry. In his many books and articles, he has pioneered an approach to Greek literature that is acutely sensitive to its diachronic and synchronic dimensions. Carefully attuned to the intricate relationship that the evolving forms of Greek culture bear to the transformations of its symbolic systems, Professor Nagy has offered new and compelling models for subjects as varied as the textual fixation of oral poetic traditions, the nature of literary authority and authorship, and the relationship of literature to myth and ritual. The scholarship of Gregory Nagy has been widely recognized for its exceptional combination of originality, depth, and scope.

His numerous honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Goodwin Award of Merit of the American Philological Association for his book The Best of the Achaeans (1979). In addition to this path-breaking work, he has published Greek Dialects and the Transformation of an Indo-European Process (1970), Comparative Studies in Greek and Indic Meter (1974), Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past (1990), Greek Mythology and Poetics (1990), Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond (1996), Homeric Questions (1996), Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music (2002), Homeric Responses (2004), and Homer's Text and Language (2004). He has edited or co-edited various volumes and written almost a hundred articles and reviews. Professor Nagy has lectured widely in North America and Europe on a great range of topics, especially on Homer and archaic Greece.

Anton Bierl

bierlBorn in Munich, Germany, Anton Bierl studied Classical Philology and History at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, and at the Istituto di Filologia Classica of the Università degli Studi di Urbino. He has held appointments at Heidelberg University, the University of Leipzig, and the University of Basel, where he is currently the Chair of the Seminar für Klassische Philologie. Professor Bierl has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and, since 2005, senior fellow at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies.

Anton Bierl is well known for his research into the relationship of text to performance and the intersection of literature and religion. His work spans Homeric poetry, Attic drama, early lyric, the ancient novel, the Presocratics, and Greek religion. He has also studied the modern reception and scholarship of Classical Antiquity. Professor Bierl's writings are marked by an innovative combination of multidisciplinary approaches. His interests in metatheater, orality, performance, ritual theory, intertextuality, and narratology have produced penetrating analyses of various diachronic aspects of Greek literature and culture.

Among his publications are Dionysos und die griechische Tragödie: Politische und 'metatheatralische' Aspekte im Text (1991), Die Orestie des Aischylos auf der modernen Bühne: Theoretische Konzeptionen und ihre szenische Realisierung (1996, 2nd ed. 1999), and Der Chor in der Alten Komödie: Ritual und Performativität (2001, English tr. Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus in Old Comedy, 2009). He is the editor of the new Ameis-Hentze Iliad Gesamtkommentar and of the series EikonMythosPoiesis. Professor Bierl has published numerous articles on Attic drama, early lyric, the ancient novel, and the history of scholarship, and he has lectured widely in North America and Europe on these and other topics.

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