Fri 4 December 2020 - Sun 31 January 2021
Ancient Greek & Sumerian love stories shared through the West Walian choral tradition Canu’r Pwnc form the heart of Singing the Subject: a fascinating music trilogy presented by August 012
Aristophanes, available from 4 Dec
Known as the ‘Father of Comedy. Aristophanes was a comic playwright and poet of ancient Athens. Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author. His powers of ridicule were feared and acknowledged by influential contemporaries; Plato] singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as slander that contributed to the trial and subsequent condemning to death of Socrates, although other satirical playwrights had also caricatured the philosopher.
Innana and Dumuzi, available from 11 Dec
Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and war, known in Akkadian as Ishtar. Her husband was the shepherd-king Dumuzi (Akkadian Tammuz), who became a god at some point, possibly through his marriage to Inanna. The divine lovers, however, had a rocky relationship, culminating in the scorned goddess condemning her husband to the Underworld when he failed to mourn her death.
Diotima, available from 18 Dec
Diotima of Manteneia was an ancient Greek prophetess and philosopher thought to have lived circa 440 B.C. and who plays an important role in Plato's Symposium. In the dialogue, her ideas are the origin of the concept of Platonic love. Since the only contemporaneous source concerning her is Plato, doubts have been raised about whether she was a real historical personage or merely a fictional creation; however, nearly all of the characters named in Plato's dialogues have been found to correspond to real people living in ancient Athens.
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