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Greek philologist to discuss ‘Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece’ at WCSU

image of College of Charleston Assistant Professor of Classics Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores
College of Charleston Assistant Professor of Classics Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores

DANBURY, CONN. – College of Charleston Assistant Professor of Classics Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores will discuss “Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece” at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

Flores will speak on how differences between who was “Greek” and who was “not Greek” influenced how ethnicity and identity were understood in the Ancient Greek world. He will outline the concepts of “stranger” and “foreigner” in Ancient Greece from Homer to the age of Alexander the Great, and how these concepts evolved in conjunction with and affected Greek religion, politics and international relations.

Flores is a Greek philologist who specializes in ancient philosophy. He regularly teaches all levels of Greek, as well as a variety of courses on Greek and Roman literature and culture. His research focuses on Plato’s use and appropriation of literary and intellectual trends.

Dr. Christopher Paone, WCSU’s 2018–19 Macricostas Endowed Scholar and Lecturer in Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, invited Flores to deliver the Macricostas lecture.

“We are so excited to welcome Dr. Flores to WCSU to share his expertise in ancient Greek history and philosophy,” Paone said. “His lecture’s focus on the relationship between the ancient Greeks and the Near East is an important reminder of the multiethnic exchange that made the ancient Mediterranean intellectually and culturally fruitful. It also reminds us, in the words of the classicist Thomas R. Martin, that ‘ancient Greek history is good to think with’ especially as we think about our own considerations of who is a stranger and who is a foreigner.”

The talk is funded by a grant from The Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Lecture Series.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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