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Ancient Myth and the Modern Novel

Thursday 5 July 2012, 5.00pm - 7.30pm The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Chaired by Professor Edith Hall (King's College London)


Tom Holland (top right), a prominent author of both history and fiction, including Persian Fire, Rubicon and Sleeper in the Sand, and the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History

The Serbian Aleksandar Gatalica, whose Death of Euripides addresses the tragic 20th-century history of eastern Europe

The Indian writer Ardashir Vakil, author of Beach Boy and One Day

Performance event

The professional performance ensemble Live Canon and Friends then delivered selected highlights from novels by writers from all over the world who have used ancient Greek myths in witnessing modern history, including Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Littell, and Elizabeth Cook.

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