Public Lecture by PROFESSOR TONY CORBEILL, BASIL L. GILDERSLEEVE PROFESSOR OF CLASSICS at UVA

Date: March 12, 2019

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Location: Northen Auditorium

GRAMMATICAL GENDER AND ROMAN CONCEPTIONS OF POETRY, GODS, AND THE MORE-THAN-HUMAN: From the moment a child in ancient Rome began to speak Latin, the surrounding world became populated with objects possessing grammatical gender—masculine eyes (oculi), feminine trees (arbores), neuter bodies (corpora). This lecture surveys the many ways in which grammatical gender enabled Latin speakers to organize aspects of their society into sexual categories, and how this identification of grammatical gender with biological sex affected Roman perceptions of Latin poetry, divine power, and the human hermaphrodite.

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