The Louisiana Classicist

June 12, 2013

Dr. Major in Print Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:01 am
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Brought to my attention by the keen-eyed Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, BR):

Friend, colleague, and enthusiastic ally of the Classics — Wilfred Major has an article in The Classical Journal 108.2 (April-May 2013), entitled “STAGING ANDROMEDA IN ARISTOPHANES AND EURIPIDES.” The abstract from the CAMWS website reads:

Aristophanes’ parody of Euripides’ Andromeda (Th. 1011-1100) allows for more recovery of the blocking of both the parody and original than has been recognized. Inlaw in the parody (Andromeda in the original) should be bound and immobile to one side of the performance space, while Echo, Euripides (as Perseus), and his helpers enter and exit from the opposite side, with the Scythian guard controlling the center.

As of this writing, his article is not yet available in full at JSTOR.


Corinthian Vase depicting Perseus, Andromeda and Ketos


And, not to digress too much, this spring Willie presented a little talk to the Latin, Greek, and theater students of Runnels School (BR) on the topic of theater in ancient Greece. The talk was part archaeology, part history, part material culture, accompanied by several images. He worked his magic and turned our students into a chorus of frogs. Take advantage of the dynamic resource we have in Willie Major, and consider inviting him to your school.

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March 21, 2013

Major to Speak at LAS Meeting

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 4:02 pm
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Tragic Comic Masks

Tragic Comic Masks @ Hadrian’s Villa (mosaic)

Friend and member of LCA, Dr. Wilfred Major will be presenting some recent research to the Louisiana Archaeological Society on Wednesday 27 March. Here is the announcement:

The next meeting of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society will be Wednesday March 27th @ 7:00 pm at the Bluebonnet Branch of the EBR Public Library. The speaker this month is Dr. Wilfred E. Major. The title of his presentation will be “Watching Masks at an Arena: New Discoveries in Ancient Greek Theater”

Abstract: Just in the last decade, research has made radical new discoveries about the way ancient Greek plays were performed. We now know that the very shape and configuration of the first Greek theater, the Theater of Dionysus at Athens, was different from the standard “Classical” Greek theater. Now scholars and performers are experimenting with this new space and using newly reconstructed masks. It all adds up to a revolutionary, very exciting spectacle for Classical Greek tragedy and comedy.

Bio: Wilfred E. Major is an Assistant Professor of Classics at LSU. He has published on the pedagogy of ancient Greek and on ancient Greek comedy. His forthcoming book studies the formal rhetoric and politics in the performance of Greek comedy in the fifth century B.C.

Light refreshments will be served. See you at the meeting!

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