Lecture by Emily K. Varto

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Emily K. Varto (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Dalhousie University), "The Politics of Fatness in Archaic Greece"

This talk explores how modern narratives that imbue fatness with personal and communal ethical significance compare to ancient narratives of fatness, particularly in archaic Greece politics. Through examining art and poetry, it explores how fatness was not exactly a marker of elite status, but was a metaphor of the abuse of status with economic, social, and moral consequences for family, community, and state. Although elitism was central to the significance of fatness in archaic Greece, so were ideas about uncontrollable appetite, lack of restraint, and communal harm familiar to us from modern narratives about obesity and socio-economic class.