Classics’ Moore gives talk on Greek tragedy, Ferguson

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Timothy Moore, John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics and chair of the Department of Classics in Arts & Sciences, recently delivered a lecture titled “Greek Tragedy after Ferguson” at Butler University in Indianapolis.

In his talk, Moore spoke about the parallels between how Robert F. Kennedy quoted playwright Aeschylus when announcing the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, and how the Upstream Theater Company of St. Louis similarly responded to the shooting death of Michael Brown in August 2014 with its production of Sophocles’ “Antigone.”

Moore also was recognized for finishing an online database of all the meters used in the plays of Roman comic playwrights Plautus and Terence. Olin Library and the university’s Digital Humanities Workshop cooperated on the database project, which will allow users to view how the Roman playwrights used meters to produce different effects in their plays.

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