Ireland has a very special relationship with Classics that goes back more than 1000 years. During the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland, a number of authors – including Seamus Heaney – interpreted Greek tragedies in modern theater settings and were thus able to express strong attitudes to the conflict under the cover of classic tales written 2500 years earlier.

My guest in episode 5 of the podcast series “Reimagining Ireland”, that I produce for the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of Aarhus, is Isabelle Torrance, who is a professor at Aarhus University and director of the new ERC-funded project, “Classical Influences and Irish Culture”.

Also featured in this podcast is Barry McCrea, professor at the University of Notre Dame.
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