Listen: Classicist Ralph Rosen '77 on Greek Comedy, Aesthetics, and 'Popular' Culture

Ralph Rosen '77, Vartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, presents the annual Martin Ostwald Memorial Lecture. In his talk, "Greek Comedy, Aesthetics, and the Question of 'Popular Culture'," Rosen focuses on the comic drama of Classical Athens, a genre often described as "popular," and argues that the basic aesthetic and socio-cultural dynamics underlying our own theorizing of the "popular" were also operative in strikingly similar ways in Classical antiquity.

Rosen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 and earned his Ph.D. in classical philology from Harvard University. He has published widely in many areas of Greek and Roman literature.