Lecturer: Prof. Alastair Blanshard
This lecture explores why the concept of beauty became such an important one in ancient Greece.
Poets, philosophers, and artists all competed to offer the most complete and compelling definition of beauty. In doing so, they effectively created the western canon of aesthetics. This lecture also considers some of the reasons why the Greek definition of beauty became so persuasive.
Professor Alastair Blanshard holds the Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland.
He is the author of Hercules: A heroic life and Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity. He also co-wrote Classics on Screen: The representation of Greece and Rome in cinema.
He has taught at Merton College, Oxford, The University of Reading, and Sydney University and has held fellowships at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, Cincinnati University, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
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In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.