Bernard Knox Delivers Rouman Classical Lecture
at University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH (14 Oct 1999)—World renowned Classical scholar and author, Dr. Bernard Knox, delivered the second annual Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire last night to a standing-room-only crowd in Durham. Knox thrilled the enthusiastic audience with the scope and depth of his knowledge, fielding numerous questions deftly following his talk, "Always To Be Best: The Competitive Spirit in Ancient Greek Culture." Dr. Knox demonstrated the pervasiveness of competition among the ancient Greeks, supplying abundant examples form every area of life. According to him competition was central to their society, spurring excellence in such diverse areas as art, drama, literature, music, intellectual pursuits, jurisprudence, politics, and, of course, sporting events.

Dr. Knox has taught at Yale University for many years and also served as director of the prestigious Center of Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The recipient of many academic honors and awards, he was recently the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature, the editor of and a contributor to the Cambridge History of Classical Literature, and the author of The Oldest Dead White European Males, in addition to many other authoritative and critically acclaimed texts on ancient drama and literature. Among his many accomplishments he has been the recipient of awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as receiving an appointment as a Guggenheim fellow and being elected president of the noted American Philological Association.

The Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series, named for one of the University of New Hampshire's most distinguished scholars and faculty members, was established in 1997 by the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation to promote and enhance awareness of the Classics in New Hampshire, throughout New England, and beyond. Citing strong popularity of the Classics nationwide, Advisory Board Chair Many Papoutsy stated, "The intellectual and artistic achievements of the ancient world are timeless, their lessons relevant to every facet of our daily lives, form science and literature, to politics and religion. The Classics will endure for as long as we continue to learn from them." Topics explored each year by this series will cover a range of subjects within Greco-Roman civilization including mythology, literature, history, philosophy, art, and language, and will feature lectures by internationally recognized scholars. Last October the inaugural lecture was delivered very eloquently by Dr. John Silber, the Chancellor of Boston University and the former chair of the State Board of Education of Massachusetts who spoke about the importance of the Classical tradition to university studies. Dr. Brunilde Ridgway of Washington, DC is the next speaker, scheduled to appear in Durham on May 3, 2000 and to discuss her latest, and cutting-edge research on the Laocoon group masterpiece.

All lectures of the series are free and open to the public. For more information write to Mary Papoutsy, Advisory Board Chair, PO Box 322, Rye Beach, NH 03871.

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