108年10月29日國際學者Prof. Krzysztof Bielawski蒞臨演講



2019 Lectures on Early Modern Culture and Literature


Lecture (Part II)

“Face to Face with Death”: Homer, Euripides and the Sacrifice


Speaker: Prof. Krzysztof Bielawski

(Director of Ph.D. Studies, Philology Faculty, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

Moderator: Prof. Denise Ming-yueh Wang (National Chung Cheng University)

Time: 10:10-12:00, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Venue: R143, College of Humanities, CCU




The youngest among the three Attic tragedians – Euripides – was a careful reader and follower of the great epic poet – Homer. In Homer’s tales, he was finding plots for his tragedies and was imitating and transforming his language and his interpretations. Aristotle called Euripides homerikotatos – “most Homeric” and tragikotatos – “most tragic” among tragedians. In the Iliad and in the Odyssey he found great ideas, which gave him an opportunity to create one of the most piercing pieces of art in the world’s literature. Sacrifice – in words of Walter Burkert – “pervades the whole tragedy” and also constitutes turning points in the Homeric poems. It is a good opportunity to try a comparative reading of both: Homer and Euripides and get as close as possible to the reality of this very archetypical ritual – a sacrifice, a universal pattern of human behavior.



About the speaker:

        KRZYSZTOF BIELAWSKI PhD: Associate Professor and Director of Ph.D. Studies at the Institute of the Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. He is also Lecturer of the Institute of Theatre Arts, the Academy for the Dramatic Arts, and European Centre for Theatre Practices in Gardzienice. Currently a director of the research project: “Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greece in the light of philological testimonies”. Published e.g.: Terminy rytualno-kultowe w tragedii greckiej okresu klasycznego [Cult and Ritual Terms in the Classical Period of Greek Tragedy], Krakow 2004; Teksty poetyckie greckich fragmentów muzycznych. Komentarz filologiczny, Kraków 2012 [Greek Poetry in Greek Fragments of Music: A Philological Commentary, Krakow 2012; W kręgu pojęć kultowych tragedii greckiej. Wybrane terminy inicjacyjne na przykładzie „Bakchantek” Eurypidesa, „Eos” [“In the Sphere of the Ritual Concepts of Greek Tragedy: Selected Terms of Initiation Based on Euripides' Bacchae”, Eos LXXXIV/1 (1996), pp. 35-52.] and Thiasos w „Bakchantkach” Eurypidesa, „Meander” 1 [“Thiasos in Euripides' Bacchae”, Meander 1] (1998), pp. 3-13; Mantic Perspectives in Greek Tragedy. Words, Persons and performances, [w:] Mantic Perspectives: Oracles, Prophecies, and Performances, ed. K. Bielawski, Gradzienice-Lublin-Warszawa 2015, s. 69-84.

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