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Homer and the Chinese Classics: Prince Chong'er in Qi and Other Tales of Reluctant Wandering Heroes
Start Date: 2/3/2015Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 2/3/2015End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
Mick Hunter, '00, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & LIterature, Yale University, will speak on "Homer Meets the Chinese Classics: Prince Chong'er in Qi and Other Tales of Reluctant Wandering Heroes." This talk takes up a single puzzling episode in the life of Prince Chong'er (7th century BCE), who fled an assassination attempt in his home state of Jin to spend many years as a wandering exile before his triumphant return as Duke Wen. Yet during his sojourn in the state of Qi, Chong'er rejected his destiny and (one presumes) the expectations of ancient Chinese audiences to choose a less ambitious life. Through a comparison with parallel episodes in the Western classical tradition, Hunter tries to make sense of the bizarre consequences of Chong'er's choice while exploring their implications for ancient Chinese notions of destiny and agency. Co-sponsored by Classics and Asian Studies.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Trotter
Room: Trotter 301
Contact Information:
Name: Deborah Sloman
Phone: 610 328 8165
Email: dsloman1@swarthmore.edu
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