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Hanna Golab: Civic Choruses and Political Identities in Ancient Greece
March 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for this lecture featuring Dr. Hanna Golab, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.
Abstract: Ancient Greek choruses were deeply involved in all matters political: diplomacy, self-governance, ruler cults, and creation of civic identity, among others. Though their role in communal politics has been most extensively studied in the case of classical Athens, the democratic character of Athenian chorality is often taken at face value. This talk traces different ways in which chorality could contribute to local politics from the 5th to the 1st c. BCE, as well as the academic reception of those developments, which castigated songs performed in political systems that were not self-proclaimed democracies.