Myth and Politics Summer Seminars – Thomas Alexander Husøy & Maria Pretzler.

We have extended our seminar series on Myth and Politics to October 12th 2020, we are therefore delighted to announce the extended program with several great papers, covering a range of topics related to Ancient World and its reception.

The seminars are open for anyone to attend and we look forward to welcoming scholars from across the globe to exchange ideas and approaches.

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Summary of videos can be found on:

Myth and Politics from Antiquity to the Present Time

International Summer Seminar series hosted at the Department of Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology at Swansea University

Mondays 5pm, June – October 2020 remaining seminars.

  • 10th August

Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford) ‘Making Myths Matter: How ancient mythology can help us navigate today’s politics.’

  • 17th August.

Goran Đurđević (Capital Normal University, Beijing) ‘Myth from Your Hand: Myths, Reflections and Mirrors in the Roman Empire and Qin-Han China.’

  • 24th August.

Signe Barfoed (University of Oslo/Reading) ‘Myth and Identity Creation in Kalydon, Aitolia; Boar-hunts, Warrior Ethos, and the Origin of the Pan-Regional Sanctuary of Artemis Laphria.’

  • 31st August.

Diego Piay Augusto (University of Oviedo) and Patricia Argüelles Álvarez (University of Salamanca) ‘Rethinking the Hero: Mythification of the Power of the Possessors of the Hispanic Villae through the representation of Hercules.’

  • 7th September.

Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Autonomous University of Barcelona) ‘Argead Beastmasters: Animals, Myth, and Royalty.’

  • 14th September

Zahra Kouzehgari (University of Lyon) Concept of Shepherd Kings in the Political Aspect of the Ancient Near East: An Archaeological Perspective.

  • 21st September

Syrithe Pugh (University of Aberdeen) Mortal Gods: Divine Kingship and the Reception of Euhemerus from Boccaccio to Milton.

  • 28th September

Marika Strano (Independent Scholar) James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom and the Affirmation in his Opposite Homer’s Odysseus: When Myth Become a Symbol of Democracy and Tolerance.

  • 5th October

Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen) Politics a myth? How Protagoras’ construct shipwrecks on Covid-19.

  • 12th October

Hamish Williams (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena) Post-Imperial British Reimaginings of a Minoan Utopia: Robert Graves, Mary Renault, and Lawrence Durrell.

Best Regards

Thomas Alexander Husøy & Maria Pretzler.