CROSSING THE RUBICON:
Greek, Roman, and Modern
Robert Wallace, Professor of Classics
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Ave
Cocktails at 5:30, with the presentation at 6:00 for about thirty
minutes, followed by Q&A and general cocktail conversation.
Reservations are required.
Robert Wallace is the author of some ninety articles on
various aspects of Greek history, intellectual history, literature,
law, numismatics, and music theory. His books include The Areopagos Council, to 307 BC (1989) which was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools, and Reconstructing Damon: Music, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Perikles’ Athens (2015). He co-authored Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece with Josiah Ober and Kurt Raaflaub (2007) and Aristotle’s Constitution of the Athenians (2015), with Chloe Balla. He has co-edited four volumes: Harmonia Mundi: Musica e filosofia nel’antichità; Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece; Transitions to Empire 360-146 BC; and Symposion 2001 (on Greek law). His current projects include books on Sophokles and Thucydides, and what he currently calls Plato’s Socrates Project (Plato tries to make Socrates acceptable while all the time indicating that his portrait is a fiction). He has lectured widely in the United States and in Europe. Professor Wallace holds degrees from Columbia (BA '72), Oxford (BA '74, MA '77), and Harvard (PhD '84). He has been a professor of classics at Northwestern University for 25 years.
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