January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Norwegian Institute at Athens
Tsami Karatasou 5
5th floor

On January 28, at 19h, we invite you to the first talk of our 2020 lecture series by Dr. Carlos Hernandez Garces (University of Oslo) titled:

Forgetfulness and Historical Thinking in Herodotus against the Background of the Greek Literary Tradition

The talk will take place at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, Tsami Karatasou 5, 5th floor, Koukaki.

It is no secret that the preservation of the past, in the myriad ways that memory could be fostered or cherished, was a pillar of the configuration of the ancient Greek worldview. From our perspective, the entanglement between historical thinking and memory has become such that both concepts are frequently used interchangeably. Neglect of the role played by forgetfulness in the re-construction of the past thus happens by default. However, memory and forgetfulness both were (and still are) equally imperative constituents of this process. Keeping Herodotus’ Histories at its heart, in this presentation I will offer a survey of the multiple attributes and roles lēthē can be seen to take up in the period comprised between the Homeric poems and Xenophon. By doing so, I hope to show that, at Herodotus’ time, forgetfulness was not any more an exclusive prerogative of the gods, as it had entered the realm of mortal’s actions in relation to human responsibility.

All are welcome!