2/13 - Argonauts in America: The Worst Epic Poem Ever Written (presented by Hamilton College)

Hamilton OTHER SIDE - Argonauts In  America V2 2019

Joel Barlow was an early American statesman, abolitionist, and poet, whose neoclassical poem The Columbiad was an ambitious attempt to write a national epic in the tradition of Homer and Virgil. Although it proved an epic failure, Barlow's Columbiad was a major literary event upon its release.

This talk discusses the ways in which Barlow sought to supplant the Greek and Roman canon while drawing on Greco-Roman mythology to frame American history and a vision for empire.

free & open to the public

wednesday February 13th

7:30 pm


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