Why Do the Classical Greeks Still Matter Today?


Rufus Black and Edith Hall engage in a conversation on classical Greek history and culture, and the continuing relevance of the humanities.

Start Date

11th Apr 2018 5:30pm

End Date

11th Apr 2018 7:00pm


Hadley's Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street

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In a world dominated by contemporary science and technology, and seemingly driven by the imperatives of economics and business, can ideas from over two thousand years in the past still have relevance today? What might the Classical Greeks still be able to teach us about the human situation as it is now?

Rufus Black and Edith Hall will explore themes from Edith’s recent books on Classical Greek history and culture, as well as the larger question concerning the continuing significance of ancient ideas in the modern world, and so also the continuing relevance of the Humanities.

Cost: $15 general admission, or $10 for Tasmanian Writers Centre members and concession. Tickets available at the door.

About Edith Hall

The author of more than twenty books, Edith Hall is Professor in the Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London. She broadcasts frequently on radio and television, works as consultant with professional theatres, lectures all over the world, and publishes widely in academic and mainstream journals and newspapers. Edith is a world leader in the study of ethnicity, class and gender in ancient sources, of ancient theatre, and of the continuing relevance of ancient ideas in world culture since the Renaissance. Her latest book is Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life (Penguin).

About Rufus Black

Professor Rufus Black is the newly arrived Vice-Chancellor at the University of Tasmania. Previously Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne, Rufus has degrees in theology and philosophy from Oxford University, was the Founding Chair of the Board for Teach for Australia, a director of the New York-based Teach for All from 2010 to 2015, and is a director of the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Museums Victoria and Innovation Science Australia.

Presented in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre.