Prof. Giovan Battista D'Alessio on the Problem of the First Person
Polyhymnia. Woodcut engraving, published in 1878. (Source: Getty Images)
At the first meeting of the Classics seminar this academic year Professor Giovan Battista D'Alessio (University of Naples « Frederick II ») will speak on "The Problem of the First Person" in mediated communication and performance poetry. The focus of the talk will be on Ancient Greek poetry, and on Pindar in particular, with parallels adduced from other traditions.
Professor D'Alessio is a specialist on Archaic Greek and Hellenistic poetry, papyrology, and textual criticism. His previous work on the intricacies of first-person reference in Pindar has molded the current consensus on the intertwining of choral and individual voices in Archaic Greek poetry. At the seminar, Prof. D'Alessio will present his new work on the first person, now considered in the light of comparative evidence.
The seminar is open to the public.