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Release: Feb. 13, 2002

Two Greek scholars to lecture at UI Feb. 20-22

Two of the nation's leading scholars of Ancient Greece will visit the University of Iowa this month as Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors. Kurt Raaflaub and Deborah Boedeker, both professors at Brown University, will give three free, public lectures during their visit Feb. 20-22.

In the primary lecture on Thursday, Feb. 21, Raaflaub will speak about "Leaders in War and Bravery: Athens' Ideology of War in the Late Fifth Century B.C." His presentation begins at 8 p.m. in Room 101, Biology Building East.

In addition, Boedeker will speak Wednesday, Feb. 20 about "Vergil's Homer and the Games for Anchises" at 4 p.m. in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall. Raaflaub will speak on Friday, Feb. 22 about "Two Historians, Two Empires: Herodotus and Thucydides on Persian and Athenian Imperialism," at 3:30 p.m. in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall.

From 1992-2000 Raaflaub and Boedeker served as co-directors of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., the foremost institute of Ancient Greek Studies in the world. Working together, they have produced an integrated elucidation of the complex culture of the archaic and classical Greek polis, the institution out of which Western political systems and artistic traditions arise.

Raaflaub, the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition at Brown, is internationally known for his foundational studies on the origins of the Greek polis, especially the role that warfare played in its development and in its cultural foundations. Boedeker, professor of classics at Brown, is internationally recognized for her studies of the intersection in ancient Greece between poetry and religion, and the nature and workings of the polis, the form of organization that sustained Greek religion and art.

"In this joint Ida Beam lectureship, Raaflaub and Boedeker are offering to the university and interested members of the community an interdisciplinary examination of Athens, its social context, religion, art, imperialism, and democracy," said Mary Depew, a UI professor of classics and the primary organizer of this event.