Duke Professor To Lecture On Vergil Classic At Baylor Nov. 1

Oct. 29, 2002

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

The classics department of Baylor University will feature a lecture by Duke University professor Gregson Davis at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the Treasure Room of Armstrong-Browning Library.

Davis' lecture, "The Discourse of Loss and Consolation in Vergil's 'Bucolics,'" discusses the Roman poet Vergil's collection of pastoral poems. Davis uses this classic piece of literature to explain how poetry can be emotionally healing and console those who have lost a loved one.

Raised on the English-influenced island of Antigua in the Caribbean, Davis pursued his secondary education in the United States. He graduated from Harvard in 1960 with a degree in classics and received his doctorate in comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley in 1968.

Currently professor of classics and comparative literature at Duke, Davis also has taught at Stanford (1966-89) and Cornell (1989-93) and published several works including "Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse" and "Aime Cesaire." He has been honored as an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities for his commitment to excellence in higher education of cultural affairs.

For more information on Davis' lecture, contact the classics department at

710-1399 or visit www.baylor.edu/classics .

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