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Embattled: How Ancient Greek Myths Empower Us to Resist Tyranny

April 13, 2022 7:00 pm
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EmbattledJoin Emily Katz Anhalt for a discussion of her new book, Embattled: How Ancient Greek Myths Empower Us to Resist Tyranny.

“Anhalt encourages readers to look with fresh eyes at how easily power
can be abused and how to fight back against despotic rule. Her engaging retellings of stories from ancient Greek epic and tragedy show just how relevant these texts are in the political climate of the twenty-first century.”
— Donna Zuckerberg, author of
Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

n incisive exploration of the way Greek myths empower us to defeat tyranny. As tyrannical passions increasingly plague twenty-first-century politics, tales told in ancient Greek epics and tragedies provide a vital antidote. Democracy as a concept did not exist until the Greeks coined the term and tried the experiment, but the idea can be traced to stories that the ancient Greeks told and retold. From the eighth through the fifth centuries BCE, Homer icepics and Athenian tragedies exposed the tyrannical potential of individuals and groups large and small. These stories identified abuses
of power as self-defeating. They initiated and
fostered a movement away from despotism and toward broader forms of political participation.
Following her highly praised book
Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths, the classicist Emily Katz Anhalt retells
tales from key ancient Greek texts and proceeds
to interpret the important message they hold for us today. As she reveals, Homer’s
and Odyssey, Aeschylus’s Oresteia, and Sophocles’s Antigone encourage us—as they encouraged the ancient Greeks—to take responsibility for
our own choices and their consequences.

Emily Katz Anhalt teaches Classical Languages and Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. She holds an A.B in Ancient Greek from Dartmouth College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, highest distinction in Ancient Greek), and an M.A. and Ph.D in Classical Philology from Yale University. She taught and lectured on Greek mythology, Classical languages, literature, and history at Yale and at Trinity College before joining the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Copies of Embattled will be available for sale and signing at the program.

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