The Trojan War, Then and Now

Stanford Continuing Studies and SRT’s Community Symposium

9:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday August 4, 2018


As part of SRT’s 20th anniversary summer festival, Nevertheless They Persisted: Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen, we offer an all-day community symposium, “The Trojan War, Then and Now,” exploring the afterlife of the Trojan War in literature and art. 

The symposium combines lectures, scenes performed by the SRT company, a panel discussion with the artists who have collaborated on the Hecuba/Helen production. The day beings with a continental breakfast, and we break for a delightful catered lunch (with the opportunity to talk informally with the lecturers and actors), and enjoy afternoon tea and cookies before our final panel. The symposium takes place on the Stanford campus, Saturday August 4, 2018. To sign up for the symposium, please visit the Stanford Continuing Studies website,

Professor Mary-Kay Gamel (Classics, UC Santa Cruz) will speak on the character of Helen of Troy in literature and theater. Stanford Professor Richard Martin (Classics) will provide insights into the way the Trojan War has entered the mythic consciousness of the West. Professor Katerina Zacharia (Classics and Film, Loyola-Marymount University) will discuss how the Trojan War has influenced modern Greek literature and film, and symposium favorite Professor William Eddelman (Stanford Theater Studies) will talk about how visual artists and theater designers have adapted the Trojan War in their work. 

We follow each lecture with a lively question and answer period, and the lectures are interspersed with short performances by the SRT company. Fr The Trojan War, Then and Now, we will perform scenes from Euripides’ Orestes, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida, Goethe’s Faust, George Seferis’ Helen, and others, all dealing with the Trojan War. 

Following afternoon tea and cookies, the day ends with a panel discussion with SRT artists who have brought Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen to life on stage. We encourage all symposiasts to see the production before the symposium, or you may join us at the theater that evening. Hecuba/Helen plays Thursday – Saturday, 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm, from July 26 through August 19, at Roble Studio Theater, in the historic Roble Gym, 375 Santa Teresa.