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Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth Century Europe

Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth Century Europe



What happened at the event

We were delighted to host the 'Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth Century Europe' Conference on 14 December 2018. The event was supported by St Hilda's College, the University of Oxford, the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, the Université de la Réunion and the research laboratory DIRE. The one-day seminar, organised by Giovanna Di Martino, Cecile Dudouyt, and Tristan Alonge, included presentations by speakers and conveners  from around the world, who specialise in sixteenth-century translations of Greek tragedies. The programme included ten talks and a plenary discussion, followed by a book launch of 'Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century', edited by Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward (OUP 2018)

Giovanna diMartino, a St Hilda's post-graduate student and co-organiser of the Conference reported:

'The conference on Translating Greek Tragedy in 16th-century Europe held on 14 December 2018 at St Hilda's College was indeed a great success. This one-day symposium gave the possibility to an incredibly wide range of speakers coming from all over the world (Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and England, America) to delve into an area of research that has been neglected by both classicists, who have long considered the history of translations of little help to philological studies, and by translation-studies scholars, who have concentrated instead on translation across modern vernaculars. Not only, then, was this an important step forward in the research of 16th-century translations that bridged a breach in the study of Classics and Translation Studies, it also fostered further desire to start a series of events, the second of which will take place in June 2020. This was all possible thanks to St Hilda's College funding.'