An exploration into the impact of Greek fertility god Priapus will be the focus of the annual “Adventures in Antiquity” symposium April 10.
The event is slated for 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room 2102A.
Andrew Scholtz (Binghamton University) will talk about the phallic god’s role in fending off “the evil eye of envy” in Roman literature and artwork. Scholtz, an associate professor of classics, suggests that wayward desire (sexual, political, etc.) had “a kind of toxic potential that manifested itself in envy’s tearing at the social fabric of the Roman world,” said Associate Professor Charles Chiasson (Philosophy), director of classical studies at UT Arlington.
The Department of Philosophy is one of the event sponsors.
Chiasson also said the winner of the Douglas Britt Carvey Prize for best student essay in classical studies will be announced.
The event, which includes a post-talk reception in Carlisle Hall, Room 305, is free and open to both the University community and the general public.