The Department of Classics invites you to attend a lecture by Professor William Owens of Ohio University's Department of Classics and World Religions.
The idyllic countryside in Longus’ pastoral novel is a place of love and beauty — but also the violent struggle to dominate and survive in a world of material scarcity. Longus indicates this struggle in the countryside itself through the competition among animals for food and among men — for Chloe. The author hardly mentions the presence of slaves in his countryside — curiously, because slavery is all about domination. Only towards the end of "Daphnis and Chloe" does the reader learn that Daphnis is a slave — and that slavery was present in the countryside all the time, as a culturally articulated expression of a natural order in which the stronger rules the weaker.
Thursday, February 15 at 4:10pm
Hayes Hall, 109
201 North College Road, Gambier, OH 43022