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Subject: Burnett Lecture this Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:33:14 -0700
You are all invited to attend the 42nd Annual Gail A. Burnett Lecture in Classics on April 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Hardy Tower 140.
Dr. Helen Morales of U.C. Santa Barbara will discuss “Celebrity, Scandal, and the Artist’s Model: Ancient Answers to Modern Dilemmas.”
The lecture examines the stories and anecdotes told about Phryne, a celebrity prostitute said to have lived in the 4th century BCE and to have been the model for the notorious statue, Aphrodite of Cnidos. Dr. Morales argues that Phryne’s exploits allow for reflection upon questions that were important in the ancient world and are still urgent today: In what ways are images powerful? How should God be represented? What is the model’s role in the creative process?
Dr. Morales has authored Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2007), has edited Petronius Satyricon (Penguin forthcoming), and is the author of Pilgrimage to Dollywood (Chicago, forthcoming).
The event is sponsored by the Department of Classics and Humanities at San Diego State University. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments follow the lecture.
Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Interim Chair, Department of Classics
San Diego State University