A Tragically Funny Lecture by Frederick Ahl, Cornell University

Frederick Ahl is Professor of Classics and Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is a specialist in epic poetry, tragic theater, wordplay in classical and later literature, and translation theory. Among his books are Lucan: An Introduction; Metaformations: Soundplay and Wordplay in Ovid and Other Classical Poets; Sophocles’ Oedipus: Evidence and Self-Conviction, and, as co-author, The Odyssey Re-formed. His volumes of translations include Seneca: Three Tragedies, Two Faces of Oedipus, and Virgil: Aeneid. He has also published numerous articles on Greek music, Homeric narrative, ancient rhetoric, and Roman imperial poetry.