Bringing new life and relevance to classic stories is an art, and Robert Greene, David Brooks and Richard Gill are masters of the craft. Bestselling author Robert Greene draws on the lives of historical figures to write about modern strategy, power and seduction; novelist, poet and essayist David Brooks references Roman mythology in his new novel The Conversation, and award-winning conductor Richard Gill is renown for his contemporary take on traditional music. Alastair Blanshard from the University of Sydney leads a discussion about what the classics still teach us.
Robert Greene (International)
Robert Greene is author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction and The 50th Law. He has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles. His latest book is Mastery. powerseductionandwar.com
David Brooks, poet, novelist, essayist and translator, is co-editor of Southerly and until recently was Associate Professor of Australian Literature and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Sydney. His latest books are The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry, and his fourth novel, The Conversation. A vegan and animal rights advocate, he lives in the Blue Mountains and, when he can, on the coast of Slovenia.
Dr Alastair Blanshard is senior lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. Born in Brisbane, he studied at the University of Queensland before completing his doctorate in Greek History at Cambridge, going on to teach at Oxford and Reading Universities. He has written three books and numerous articles on topics including the Roman orgy, Greek statuary and the popularity of abdominal muscles, and representations of Greece and Rome in cinema. He regularly hosts a segment on 2GB comparing ancient and modern life.
Richard Gill (Australian)
Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He was Founding Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, has been director of chorus and conductor for Opera Australia, has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He has conducted all the Symphony Australia Network Orchestras and was the founding music director of Victorian Opera. He is currently conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Education Program, a position he has held for over twenty years, and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, a special mentoring orchestra he co-founded in 1996. He has been awared two Honorary Doctorates and an OAM for services to music.