David F. Elmer

Helen North Lecture, March 26, 2018

February 27, 2018
I am honored to have been asked to deliver the annual Helen North Lecture at Swarthmore College. My lecture, “Initiating an Epic, Initiating a Hero: Diomedes and the Iliad,” addresses the role of Diomedes in the Iliad. The lecture will be on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 4:30 pm, in Science Center 199 at Swarthmore College.

"Natales grate numeras?"

March 23, 2017

I am pleased to be delivering a keynote lecture at the upcoming international conference "Natales grate numeras?," celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Zadar, Croatia. I will be speaking on "The Odyssey and the Desires of Traditional Narrative."

Mirko Canevaro, Sept. 6, 2016

July 7, 2016

The Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on the Civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome will kick off its 2016-17 season with a talk by Dr. Mirko Canevaro on "Majority Rule vs. Consensus: The Practice of Deliberation in the Greek Poleis."


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5th IEL International Seminar on Epic Studies and Oral Tradition Research

November 28, 2013

I had the pleasure this morning of delivering a paper at the 5th International Seminar on Epic Studies and Oral Tradition Research, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Science's Institute of Ethnic Literature, This year's seminar explores the challenges associated with the use of databases and digital corpora in research on oral traditions. My paper, "Digitizing the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature: Achievements, Challenges, Aspirations," presented...

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ArtsEmerson, "An Iliad," Sunday, April 28

April 28, 2013

Following up on our dialogue at the Boston Book Festival in October, Madeline Miller (author of The Song of Achilles) and I will hold a public conversation about the Iliad and its resonance in today's world following a performance the ArtsEmerson production of An Iliad, an award-winning play by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson. The performance will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 28, at the Paramount Center Mainstage; our discussion will immediately follow.