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Research Lectures Series of the Teaching and Research Office for Chinese Culture is coming

Location
UNNC Campus
Date(s)
16 October (18:30) - 13 December 2017 (20:00)
Description

Research Lectures Series of the Teaching and Research Office for Chinese Culture would like to invite you to the following lectures.             

  

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2017.10.16

Monday

18:30-20:00

Ancient Greek Comedies 1

Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

Chinese

DB-A06

Prof. ZHANG Wentao

Chongqing University

2017.10.17

Tuesday

18:30-20:00

Ancient Greek Comedies 2

Aristophanes’ The Assemblywomen

Chinese

DB-A06

2017.10.18

Wednesday

18:30-20:00

Ancient Greek Comedies 3

Aristophanes’ The Clouds

Chinese

DB-A06

2017.10.19

Thursday

18:30-20:00

Ancient Greek Comedies 4

Aristophanes’ The Birds

Chinese

DB-A06

 

About the Speaker:

Prof. ZHANG Wentao

Doctor of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University;

Distinguished Researcher (Scholar of “Hundred Talents Program”) and Doctoral Supervisor of Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Chongqing University;

Appointments:

Director of Center for Classic Studies; Member of the Academic Committee of Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Chongqing University;

Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Comparative Classical Studies Association;

Research Areas:

Western Classical Studies, Western Philosophy, Western Classical Political Philosophy, Western Classical Poetics, Ancient Greek Literature, Plato, Plutarch, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and so on.

Publications:

Poetry of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Book X of Plato’s Republic (East China Normal University Press, 2010);

Six Essays on Nietzsche: Philosophy and Politics (East China Normal University Press, 2007);

Plato as Dramatic Poet (East China Normal University Press, 2007, 2011);

Plato as Mythopoet (Huaxia Publishing House, 2010); etc.

Abstract for the lectures:

The tragedies reflect the great achievements of ancient Greek drama. It is the same with the comedies. Represented by the works of Aristophanes (450-385BC), the ancient Greek comedy art, is not only an important part of Western classic literature and traditional thoughts, but also generates a far-reaching impact on the development of Western culture. The tragedies are mainly based on the heroic mythology. Thus, through the indirect mapping of reality, the writers express their attitude towards the reality in an indirect way. The existing comedies of Aristophanes are mainly created during the Peloponnesian war. Besides, the subjects of the comedies also echo the political reality and daily life of the democratic Athens at that time. Therefore, the comedies reflect the writer’s comprehensive attitude towards real life far more directly.

Through interpreting four important comedies Lysistrata, The Assemblywomen, The Clouds and The Birds, the speaker introduces the unique achievements of ancient Greek comedy art, demonstrating Aristophanes’ profound prospect on the moral spirits, political dilemma, cultural movements and trendy ideas in the context of democratic atmosphere and promoting our deep understanding and reflection on the ancient Greek democratic politics theoretically and practically.