In today’s environment of omnipresent polarization, when even the most fundamental values of democracy are being called into question, ancient drama retains its power to catalyze reflection and discussion on political culture.
In addition to their historical value, the tragedies and comedies left to us by ancient authors enduringly evoke—with every reading or performance—values and principles that are surprisingly relevant, universal, and fundamental.
What gives them this power? And can ancient plays help us reestablish the foundational principles that define us as citizens?
SNF Dialogues is opening a discussion about the resonant political and social messages ancient authors have bequeathed to us and asking whether they can lead us, even today, to catharsis.
The SNF Dialogues are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou and are held through journalism nonprofit iMEdD (incubator for Media Education and Development).
*The opinions expressed by Dialogues participants, whether representing officially institutions and organizations or themselves, are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) or iMEdD. Speakers’ remarks are made freely, without prior guidance or intervention from the team.
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