Dr Alastair Blanshard
Dr Alastair Blanshard is senior lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. Born in Brisbane, he studied at the University of Queensland before completing his doctorate in Greek History at Cambridge, going on to teach at Oxford and Reading Universities. He has written three books and numerous articles on topics including the Roman orgy, Greek statuary and the popularity of abdominal muscles, and representations of Greece and Rome in cinema. He regularly hosts a segment on 2GB comparing ancient and modern life.
What the Classics Teach Us
Date: Saturday 25 May
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Venue: Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings
Bringing new life and relevance to classic stories is an art, and Robert Greene, David Brooks and Richard Gill are masters of the craft. Bestselling author Robert Greene draws on the lives of historical figures to write about modern strategy, power and seduction; novelist, poet and essayist David Brooks references Roman mythology in his new novel The Conversation, and award-winning conductor Richard Gill is renown for his contemporary take on traditional music. Alastair Blanshard from the University of Sydney leads a discussion about what the classics still teach us.