Arachne, Prometheus and the politics of hubris

11 October, 5:00 pm

45 minsAdultPWYD

Discussion | Literature & Poetry, Politics, Society, The Arts

Discuss politics through stories from Greek mythology with you in the role of the insightful and majestic chorus. 3 of 4. Ulysses and Iphigenia were both great heroic figures, but prone to ambivalence. Why were they ambivalent, what about and how? How about us? Is ambivalence a flaw or can it become a virtue? Can the chorus reflect on how to better bridge political divides, and whether this might depend on our capacity to tap into our ambivalence… underneath assertions of tribal loyalty?

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations at Oxford University and a Governing Body Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College. Her contribution to the festival draws on her last book (Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit).

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