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UC Connect public lecture: Ancient afterlife after dark: Classics talk and Teece Museum tour

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (NZST)

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Presented by: Dr Patrick O’Sullivan and Terri Elder

Learn about the ancient Greek afterlife, after dark, from University of Canterbury Classical scholars, in the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the UC Arts City location in the Arts Centre.
This unique, two-part event, created especially for the UC Connect public lecture series, will begin with an illustrated lecture – Alone of all the Gods: Concepts of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece – by the University of Canterbury’s Head of Classics, Senior Lecturer Dr Patrick O’Sullivan.
Beginning with a discussion of Hades and his realm, this talk will also look at a wide range of Greek attitudes to death and the afterlife: from Homer’s idea of heroic death in battle and its bitter costs, to reincarnation in the philosophies of Pythagoras and Plato, to figures such as Dionysus and Persephone who are linked to death and renewal, and more.
Following the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to browse the Teece Museum’s newest exhibition ‘Beyond the Grave: Death in ancient times’, which explores concepts of death in Greek and Roman art and literature. Curator Terri Elder will give a brief introductory talk about the exhibition, and discuss a few special pieces included in the exhibition.
Patrick O’Sullivan completed his BA Hons and MA degrees at the University of Melbourne and his PhD at Cambridge (Magdalene College), where has also held Visiting Fellowships at Wolfson and Trinity Colleges. He arrived at UC in 1999 and teaches Latin and Greek at all levels as well as courses on Greek Mythology, Art, Homeric Epic, Ancient Aesthetics, and Philosophy and Sport. His research interests primarily include: Greek theatre, Archaic and Classical Greek intellectual history, aesthetics and psychological theories and the role of visual artworks in Greek literary and philosophical texts.
Terri Elder is the curator of the University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and the James Logie Memorial Collection. She holds a BA Hons in History (Canterbury), an M Phil in Museum Studies (Cambridge), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Terri has worked in a variety of museums and art galleries throughout New Zealand, and initially began work with the Logie Collection managing the conservation project after the Christchurch earthquakes.

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Recital Room and Teece Museum, UC Arts City Location, Arts Centre
3 Hereford Street
Central City
Christchurch, 8013
New Zealand

Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (NZST)

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