Laughter and logic: Ancient Greek comedy and the world of today
A talk by Dr Alfred Vincent
The playwright Aristophanes wrote comedies on issues that seem urgently topical: war and peace, women in politics, wealth inequality, political scapegoating and how to cope in an age when truth appears to be no longer valued. Looking at selected plays, we will explore his comic logic: how he made people both laugh and think about pressing and even traumatic issues. We will conclude with a glance at the broader history of ancient Greek comedy and at its influence on later European theatre. The talk will be illustrated by Powerpoint slides.
Date: Wednesday 26 April
Start time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Marrickville Library, Cnr Marrickville and Petersham Roads, Marrickville
Booking details: 9335 2173 or www.marrickvillelibrary.eventbrite.com.au