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Durham University

University College


Durham Castle Lecture - Prof. Edith Hall

24th January 2018, 20:00 to 21:30, Great Hall, Durham Castle

Professor of Classics, King's College London

'Aristotle Goes to the Movies'

Aristotle's Virtue Ethics provide a valuable guide to living a good and fulfilling life which is still useful and practicable in the 21st century. But, unfortunately, his surviving treatises are often a challenging read even for the educated layperson. This lecture discusses his own view of the moral edification which good drama can bestow, and asks what famous movies Aristotle would use, if he were alive today, to illustrate his principal ethical concepts.


Since being awarded the Hellenic Foundation Prize for her Oxford doctorate (1988), Edith has held posts at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and London Universities. She has published twenty books. She is Co-Founder and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama at Oxford and Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust. She has won funding for research from the AHRB, the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, and has just been awarded a Humboldt Research Prize. She appears regularly on BBC Radio, and has acted as consultant to professional productions of ancient drama at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Northern Broadsides, Theaterkombinat and other professional companies. Her personal website contains further information:

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Lectures begin at 8pm, with questions for the speaker at 9pm.

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