March 30, 2019


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Plato on Comedy

A workshop as part of a research project sponsored by the Classics Department, which aims to explore Plato’s rich and nuanced treatment of Greek comedy.


Saturday, 30th March

9:30-10: Welcome

10:00-11:00 Prof. Franco Trivigno (Oslo): ‘Plato’s Definition of Comedy’

11:00-12:00 Assoc. Prof. Pierre Destrée (Louvain) : ‘Plato and the Art of Parodying Tragedies’

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Mr. William Strigel (Trinity College Dublin) : ‘Plato’s Comic Principles: On the Ascetic Socrates’

14:30-15:30 Prof. Richard Hunter (Cambridge) : ‘Alcibiades the Laughter-Maker’

15:30-16:00 Tea Break

16:00-17:00 Assoc. Prof. Sonja Tanner (Colorado) : ‘Socrates’ Imaginary Ridicule: Laughter in Plato’s Hippias Major

17:00: Reception

19:00: Dinner

Sunday, 31st March

9:00-10:00 Dr. Sarah Miles (Durham) : ‘Platonicomic Business: Comedy and Platonic Dialogue in Theages

10:00-11:00 Dr. Dave Preston (London): ‘Asininity, Arrogance, and Alazoneia: The Reception of Philosophy in the Fragments of Middle Comedy’

11:00-11:30 Tea Break

11:30-12:30 Dr. Alan Roberts (Sussex) : ‘Humour is a Funny Thing’

12:30-13:00 Concluding Statements




Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham DH1 3RQ, UK