The award recognizes our efforts in the last few years to improve equity and diversity in Classics, especially our the summer program in ancient Greek designed by Brice Erickson in collaboration with the Classics Department at Howard University. The program is part of the larger UC-HBCU initiative.
Monday, January 27 • 4:00 PM • Arts Building 1332 (History of Art & Architecture Conference Room)
Claire Lyons, Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum (Getty Villa)
“Painting Etruscan Tombs and Temples”
Archaeological Institute of America, Department of Classics, UCSB
A significant insight that we have gained from the idea of the Anthropocene is that the time of the human is entangled with that of the non-human in ways that we can no longer ignore. Ovid’s Metamorphoses contains material that speaks to this insight in a number of ways. Yet the poem’s interests in the temporalities of non-human species, are often overlooked by scholars whose anthropocentric bias leads them to focus exclusively on the linear narrative of human progress. In this paper, I seek to complicate their picture of time in the Metamorphoses by demonstrating how Ovid depicts a number of non-human species as knotted in time to the human, and by showing how this focus on their cycles of living and dying disrupts the poem’s linear chronology.