Biography and Classical Reception: “Sapho 1900” revisited

October 29, 2012

Lecture by Artemis Leontis
Monday, October 29, 2012 at 5:30pm
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
60 George Street
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Artemis Leontis is Associate Professor of Modern Greek and Coordinator of the Modern Greek Program in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. She completed B.A. at Oberlin College, did postgraduate work in Greek philology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and received her Ph.D. in Greek and Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. Her first book, Topographies of Hellenism: Mapping the Homeland (1995, Greek translation in 1998) was listed as an outstanding academic book of 1992-1997 by Choice magazine. Greece; A Travelers' Literary Companion (1997) is an anthology of 24 stories by Greek writers introducing readers to the landscapes of Greece through Greek perspectives. With Lauren Talalay and Keith Taylor, she coedited "What these Ithakas mean…" Readings in Cavafy (2002), named a TLS "Book of the Year" in 2002. It was a companion volume to the exhibit “Cavafy's World” at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for which she was curator. Her Culture and Customs of Greece (2009) presents an overview of contemporary Greece for a general readership. She was Hunting Family Fellow of the U-M Institute for the Humanities in 2011-2012, researching and writing the cultural biography of Eva Palmer Sikelianos, whom she considers the most influential visitor to Greece after Byron.