Professor Richard Thomas on 'The Art of Bob Dylan's Songwriting'

21 May 2019, 5.00 PM - 21 May 2019, 6.30 PM

Professor Richard Thomas

University of Bristol

The Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition is delighted to welcome Professor Richard Thomas to speak at its third Sir Jeremy Morse Lecture. The title of Professor Thomas's lecture is ‘The Art of Bob Dylan's Songwriting’.

The lecture will examine the art and the craft of Bob Dylan’s songwriting, exploring the ways in which the greatest songwriter of the last 60 years produces art of the highest aesthetic appeal, from the first impulse to final perfection, from hotel stationery to studio and performance, through the hard work that is the hidden ingredient of genius.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Registration for this lecture is required via Eventbrite

Richard F. Thomas is the George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University and Chair of the Editorial Board of Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. He is Co-chair of the seminar on "The Civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome" in Harvard's Mahindra Humanities Center. He has served as Director of the American Philological Association and as Trustee, Director, and President, of the Vergilian Society of America. Since 2001, he has been a Trustee of the Loeb Classical Library. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Cincinnati, Cornell University, and the University of Venice. Among his publications are Lands and Peoples in Roman Poetry: The Ethnographical Tradition (1982), a two-volume text and commentary on Virgil's Georgics (1988), Reading Virgil and his Texts (1999), Virgil and the Augustan Reception (2001), Classics and the Uses of Reception (co-edited with Charles Martindale, 2006), The Performance Artistry of Bob Dylan (co-edited with Catharine Mason, 2007), a commentary on Horace, Carmen saeculare and Odes 4 (2011), a three-volume Virgil Encyclopedia (co-edited with Jan Ziolkowski, 2014), and Why Dylan Matters (2017).

Sir Jeremy Morse (1928 - 2016) was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1989 to 2003, and former President of the IGRCT. Sir Jeremy was one of the Institute's staunchest supporters.


Richard Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University

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