Why I would have been an Epicurean

Join Professor Pamela Gordon for this final lecture of the Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue Sunday, May 13 from 1-3pm in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.

Of all the ancient Athenian philosophical schools, the Garden of Epicurus (as one of the schools was called) was reputedly the only one that accepted women and slaves as students. Professor Gordon explores fact and fiction about the Garden, and describes why it would have attracted her over two millennia ago.

Gordon, Pamela…
Is the Chair of the Department of Classics at the University in Kansas. She has three degrees in Ancient Greek literature: a BA from Oberlin College, and the MA and PhD from Bryn Mawr College. Her scholarly and teaching interests range broadly across various genres of Greek and Latin literature, including drama, epic, lyric poetry, and philosophy. She has published on Epicurus, Homer, Lucretius, Sappho, and Virgil; as well as on the representation of Greek myth in Athenian vase-painting. Much of her published work concerns the social and cultural history of the sometimes notorious philosophical known as the Garden of Epicurus, and her forthcoming book is: The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus, currently in production at University of Michigan Press; due to appear in spring 2012.

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