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Blackness and Race in Lucian's Satires

Sarah Derbew (Stanford)
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Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:30pm
UW campus, Denny 112

On a quest to pull together ancient formulations of blackness and its modern permutations, this presentation parses the role of black Greek athletes in Lucian of Samosata’s (2nd century CE) satirical dialogue Anacharsis and Athletics. A simultaneous examination of the current state of affairs in studies of blackness in Greco-Roman antiquity helps to probe the intersections of blackness, race, and identity in ancient Greek literature. Altogether, this talk looks back to Greek antiquity while maintaining a footing in our present world, a world in which skin color, race and identity are deeply intertwined.

Attendance at this event is governed by UW’s COVID-19 vaccination and face covering policies.  Please note that you must BRING proof of COVID-19 vaccination or of negative test (72 hours prior).

This event is open to the public. 

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