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Monday 16 September 2019 (Mid-session break), 2-3.30pm

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.

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Professor Renata Senna Garraffoni | Department of History, Paraná Federal University

Ancient Greeks in South Brazil? Classical Reception and Politics at Curitiba in the first decade of the 20th century

The aim of this paper is to examine how Ancient Greek past shaped Brazilian regional identity. As a case study I shall focus at Curitiba, south Brazil, during the development of Symbolist Literature, mainly poetry, and explore its relationship to Brazilian Republican ideas. I will discuss how two local poets, Emiliano Pernetta and Dario Vellozo, created an ancient Greek atmosphere and became intellectual leaders of different cultural activities, helping to shape local identity. I shall argue that constructing new ways of understanding the Ancient Greece, the poets stimulated a dialogue between past and present not as simple continuity, but as other forms of living Brazilian modernity in early Republic period.

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Departmental Research Seminar

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world.