Homecoming: The Return of the Warrior

Ancient Greeks, Modern Lives: Performed at Frazier Park Library Thurs., April 5 • 7 p.m.

Last week brought us news of a wounded warrior who allegedly murdered 17 villagers in Afghanistan in one night, many of them children. The complex problem posed by warfare and its effects on warriors is an ancient dilemma. Does the drama of the ancient Greeks hold insights for us today?

“Homecoming: The Return of the Warrior” is produced by the Ancient Greeks, Modern Lives project. It will be presented, free, one time, at the Frazier Park Library Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The National Endowment for the Humanities is bringing the event to 100 public libraries, museums, galleries and art centers across America.

The special focus of this program is to reach veterans and their families. “We have much to learn from our veteran community. They have experienced, first hand, many of the same issues that ancient Greek literature raises,” the producers write.

The producers actively invite members of the veteran community, their families and friends to participate in the Ancient Greeks, Modern Lives program to inspire people to attend this event, join the discussion and come together to read, see and think about how classical literature continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

The project is guided by Aquila Theatre, the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies.

This is part of the March 30, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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