Wednesday, Aug. 01, 2012

Tour highlighting classical literature, humanities comes to Columbus library

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The Columbus Public Library will host a national touring program Thursday dedicated to a soldier’s homecoming and classical literature.

“Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: A National Conversation” is a major humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across the U.S. with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life. This extensive new program unites the assets of the Aquila Theater Company, the Urban Libraries Council, the American Philological Association, the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington.

“A play becomes ‘classical’ because we recognize after a time that it transcends the culture it was created for. It has the power still to provoke that central question of what it means to be human,” said program director Peter Meineck, also the Aquila Theatre’s artistic director and clinical associate professor of classics at New York University.

The staged reading of Greek drama by the Aquila Theatre will explore the “homecoming” theme. Featuring selections from Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, the presentation highlights the emotional highs and lows of soldiers returning from war to their homeland. It will give participants a way to understand and appreciate our veterans and to learn from their experiences in the context of these classical works.

Leading the post-show discussion will be Charles Platter, professor of classics at the University of Georgia.

Aquila Theatre’s presentation of scenes from Greek dramas begins at 7 p.m. in the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. Admission is free. Tickets or advance reservations are not required.

For more information, visit or the national program’s website at Patrons may also call the library at 706-243-2669.

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