Event Calendar

Mar 8

Lecture: Classical studies

04:30 pm

"Fake Olds: History and alternative facts in classical Athens" by Johanna Hanink, Brown University. In Platos Republic , Socrates outlines how the leaders of his ideal city will promulgate a Noble Liea fictional account of the state and its origins that will encourage the citizens devotion to the state and to each other. Yet this idea was no real innovation. This lecture will introduce the term 'fakelore' considering the Athenians remarkable openness to 'alternative facts' when it came to their own history--their penchant, in other words, for 'fake olds'. It will consider a number of ancient instances from different genres and willalso draw parallels with contemporary American controversies about political misrepresentations of (historical) truth.