Please join the Classics Department for Arum Park's talk, "Aeschylus' Suppliants and Pindar's Epinician" on Friday, November 8, 2019, in Building 110, Room 112 (inner Quad). The talk will begin at 12:30 pm, with a light lunch starting at 12:15 pm. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.
This talk focuses on lines 625-709 of Aeschylus’ Suppliants, where the Danaids, having just been told that the Argives will grant them refuge, raise prayers of good tidings for Argos. Their utopic vision for Argos is fairly standard fare for such prayers, but their language also resonates with themes found in Pindar’s epinician poetry, themes like the sacrosanctity of reciprocity and good governance. Furthermore, the Danaids’ prayer evokes Pindaric contexts that stress the purpose and function of poetry. I will examine these points of resonance in detail to argue that we can see in the Danaids’ words a self-consciousness of their form as poetry. Such self-consciousness fits in with a general tendency by Aeschylus and others to attribute poetic creation to female figures.
Arum Park is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. She worked at Amherst College, the University of Oklahoma, Washington and Lee University, and Brigham Young University before coming to the University of Arizona. Her primary areas of research are Archaic and Classical Greek poetry, but she has published or presented papers on authors ranging from Hesiod to Longus.
If you cannot attend, you are welcome to join us live online: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/991280323 - please mute your audio and video upon joining the talk.