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Monthly Meeting: "What killed Socrates?"

  • Jun 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Mexicali Bar & Grill

For this month's Monthly Meeting we are going to have Professor Thomas Scanlon of UC Riverside presenting his speech "What killed Socrates? Free Speech, Religion, and Rationalism in Classical Greece". 

The meeting will start at with social hour at 6:00pm and food orders will be taken around 6:30. Professor Scanlon will start his speech at about 7:00pm, ending around 8:00pm. A Q&A session will follow.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this event.

This month we will also be seeking nominations for Officers in the IEAA. If you are interested in running for election please stop by!

Thomas Scanlon:

Tom Scanlon's teaching interests encompass most areas of Greek and Roman literature and culture, including courses on religion, gender, mythology, ancient sports, and most genres of Greek and Latin literature. He has taught graduate seminars on the Roman Historians, Thucydides, and Sallust. His research specializations include ancient Greek and Roman historical writing, Greek and Roman Sports, Gender and Sexuality, and Religion in the ancient world. He is a participant in the Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics (UCI, UCR, UCSD). 

Department Chair and Professor, Classics/Comparative Ancient Civilizations/Comparative Literature Ph.D. in Classics, Ohio State University, 1978 

Select recent publications: 

• Oxford Readings in Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Oxford Univ. Press, under contract; in press; publication in 2013) 

• Eros and Greek Athletics (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002) 

• “Contesting Ancient Mediterranean Sport,” Forward, 1-12 in Zinon Papakonstantinou, ed., Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient World (Oxford and New York: Routledge Press, 2010) 

• “Ares and the Olympics, or Pelops and Polemos,” Festschrift für Ingomar Weiler, C. Ulf and P. Mauritsch, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2013) 

Recent courses taught are "War and Imperialism in the Ancient World" (with parallels between Rome and the modern US), "Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World," and "The Ancient World in Cinema and Television." His favorite Greek island is Naxos (with or without Ariadne.) Ancient authors he would want if he were stranded on a deserted island include (in alphabetical order): Aristophanes, Catullus, Euripides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Sallust, Sappho, Sophocles, Thucydides, Vergil. On second thought ... he'll take his iPad. His favorite European city is a toss-up between London, Athens, and Vienna. His favorite non-European city is a toss-up among Tunis, Marrakech, Varanasi and Jerusalem.

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  • JOAN

    A winning speaker, very personable, a presentation full of information.---》 No one took notes, so fortunately there's no final exam :-)

    1 · June 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I actually found myself rather sorry I hadn't taken notes to go home and look up more! lol

      June 15, 2014

    • Gayle

      Maybe we can ask to professor to post his notes! :)

      June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoroughly enjoyed and was especially pleased that the speaker was such an interesting person. There was much that I was unfamiliar with or had forgotten. Delightful evening.

    2 · June 13, 2014

  • Charlene M.

    Fantastic speaker!

    June 12, 2014

  • Greg M.

    Woo amazing meeting, over 40 people out and a very interesting topic!

    Thanks everyone for coming out.

    2 · June 12, 2014

  • Belynda

    On my way, Running a bit late

    June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds terrific, so must not miss. (driving at night is problematic, but for Socrates, well anything.)

    May 25, 2014

    • Robin S.

      Where do you live, Mollie? Perhaps we can arrange a carpool.

      May 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Menifee just a few minutes from the 215 at Newport or McCall. Fortunately I know this drive to where this restaurant is well. Thanks for asking. You probably are in Riverside?

      May 25, 2014

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