“Hip-hop, pop, and Greco-Roman epic”
by Alexandra Pappas
Thursday, December 18, 7pm
Just as Homer’s and Vergil’s poetic songs investigate honor, glory, valor, status, power, authority, and justice, so, too, do the lyrical stylings of Jay-Z, Eminem, and Lorde.
To explore these essential aspects of the human condition, then and now, SFSU Classics Professor Alexandra Pappas will be presenting excerpted passages from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid, clips from hip-hop and pop music, and images from ancient Greek vase-painting.
Alexandra Pappas, Ph.D., is the Raoul Bertrand Chair in Classics in the Department of Classics at San Francisco State University.
She has been a professor of Classics for 10 years, at Universities on the East Coast, in the Midwest, in the South, and now, on the West Coast. She is chiefly interested in (and publishes on) intersections between words and images in the ancient Greek world, and especially cases in which letters, words, or longer phrases work as images in their own right, communicating in their visual and material aspects beyond semantics alone. This includes painted inscriptions on ancient Greek vases, representations of letters and words on the classical Athenian stage, and the first concrete poems in the western world, where lines of Greek verse create a visual image on the page.