Bernard Knox to Deliver Rouman Classical Lecture at UNH


Durham and Portsmouth, NH—The Advisory Board of the Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series is pleased to announce that the 1999 lecture will be presented on October 13, 1999 at 7:30 PM in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building at the University of New Hampshire by the world renowned scholar, writer, and lecturer, Dr. Bernard Knox. The title of his talk will be “Always to Be Best: The Competitive Spirit in Ancient Greek Culture.”

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Dr. Knox has taught at Yale University for many years and served as director of the prestigious Center of Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The recipient of many academic honors and awards, he was recently the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature, the editor of and a contributor to the Cambridge History of Classical Literature, and the author of The Oldest Dead White European Males, in addition to many other authoritative and critically acclaimed texts on ancient drama and literature. Among his many accomplishments he has been the recipient of awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as receiving an appointment as a Guggenheim fellow and being elected president of the noted American Philological Association.

The Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series, named for one of the University of New Hampshire’s most distinguished scholars and faculty members, was established in 1997 by the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation to promote and enhance awareness of the Classics in New Hampshire, throughout New England, and beyond. Citing strong popularity of the Classics nationwide, Advisory Board Co-chair Mary Papoutsy stated, “The intellectual and artistic achievements of the ancient world are timeless, their lessons relevant to every facet of our daily lives, from science and literature, to politics and religion. The Classics will endure for as long as we continue to learn from them.” Topics explored each year by this series will cover a range of subjects within Greco-Roman civilization including mythology, literature, history, philosophy, art, and language, and feature lectures by internationally recognized scholars.

All lectures of the series are free and open to the public. For more information about other scheduled lectures and symposia, contact Mary Papoutsy, Advisory Board Co-chair, PO Box 710, Rye Beach, NH 03871 or the Classics Program at the University of New Hampshire, 122 Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824.