How Greek were the Mycenaeans? Excavating the Bronze Age past of Greece – Dimitri Nakassis (University of Colorado Boulder)
This lecture explores the world of the earliest known Greek-speakers, the Mycenaeans of the Late Bronze Age (1600-1100 BCE). Archaeologists and historians have long debated the identity of the Mycenaeans, with opinions ranging widely: were they the original Homeric heroes of Greek myth, or were they fundamentally different from their Classical heirs? New research and new discoveries show that the Mycenaean world was much more complex than we realized. This new understanding substantially rewrites our histories of ancient Greece.
“Visions of Troy: Conceptualizing Lusophone-Latin Epic Reception”
The Latin epic tradition found continued life in the robust production of vernacular epic not only in humanist Europe but also in emerging New World literature of the colonial period. In this presentation, case studies will be presented that demonstrate the close intertextual relationships between Latin and Lusophone epic poetry produced in Portugal and Brazil of the early modern and colonial periods whose broader implications reframe our understanding of the mechanisms of a reception tradition that was bilingual and cross-cultural. Such case studies represent a methodologically original approach to reception that triangulates between an ancient source, an intermediary receptive text, and a target receptive text, a topos in receptive texts that I am calling “window reception,” by which receptive texts comment on their status as receptions in direct dialogue and competition with earlier receptive texts.