"From Homer to Hip Hop" Lecture Saturday
In addition to looking to his years spent reporting on the crime beat, Simon turned to the ancients of Greek tragedy to inform his construction of the tragedies of post-modern society. He told the Guardian, "Greek tragedy became one of the influences in terms of the tone and intent ... a framework for what we were doing with The Wire." Simon didn't frame anyone in the series according to a particular Homeric god or character, but the comparison between the capriciousness of government actions and the arbitrary power-wielding of the Greek gods is an apt one.
"We want to believe that we are in control of our lives. But when we started looking at where America was headed politically and economically, and Greek tragedy started making a lot of sense," he continued.
In the last lecture of a series called "From Homer to Hip Hop," local Greek scholar Mike Lippman and Hip Hop educator Tony Muhammad will question if Greek texts have shaped the humanistic thinking of Western culture. They will use The Wire to explore themes that dominate Greek literature like honor, respect, family, love, and the role of women. The lecture will take place Saturday at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call 954-625-2800, or visit www.pageandstage.org.