Guilford resident and Sarah Lawrence professor Emily Katz Anhalt will discuss her book “Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths.” Emily Katz Anhalt reveals how these three masterworks of classical Greek literature can teach us, as they taught the ancient Greeks, to recognize violent revenge as a marker of illogical thinking and poor leadership. These time-honored texts emphasize the costs of our dangerous penchant for glorifying violent rage and those who would indulge in it. By promoting compassion, rational thought, and debate, Greek myths help to arm us against the tyrants we might serve and the tyrants we might become.
Emily Katz Anhalt teaches Classical languages and literature at Sarah Lawrence College. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she received her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Yale University and has also taught Greek mythology, Classical languages, and history at Yale and at Trinity College.