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Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne): Medical aspects and political ideology in Plutarch’s banquet

October 23, 2013 - 5:00pm
Building 110, Room 112

Free & open to public

Join us at 5:00pm for light refreshments.

In her lecture, Prof. Vamvouri Ruffy will examine the relationship between the ingredients of a banquet in Plutarch and medical theories in order to show the benefits of the symposium for the body and the soul of the guests as well as for the political community. Plutarch draws subtle parallels between banquet, medicine and politics, showing thus that it is difficult to separate the functioning of the body from the rules that regulate the symposium and society in general.

Maria Vamvouri Ruffy teaches comparative reading of myths in the Centre des Langues et Littératures Européennes comparées at the University of Lausanne. Her research concerns include Plutarch's works, classical comedy and tragedy, archaic and hellenistic poetry as well as contemporary reconfigurations of grec and roman myths. She is interested in intertextuality, discursive analysis and socio-critic.  She is the author of the book La fabrique du divin : Les Hymnes de Callimaque à la lumière des Hymnes homériques et des hymnes épigraphiques, Liège, Kernos supplément 14, 2004 and of a more recent book supported by a fellowship of the National Swiss Foundation for Scientific Research, entitled: Les effets thérapeutiques du banquet :médecine et idéologie dans les Propos de Table de Plutarque, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 20. She is also a co-editor of a collective volume on methods of analysis of myth's reconfigurations, Mythes (re)configurés: Création, Dialogues, Analyses, to be published in November 2013.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Department of Classics