David is in the process of completing work on two new books, both to be published in 2021. Looking at Agamemnon (a collection of twelve essays by international scholars, together with David’s introduction and transaltion of Aeschylus’ play) will be the latest in his series for Bloomsbury Adademic Press, while Phoenix: a Father, a Son and the Rise of Athens (about the Persian Wars and the establishment of the Athenian Empire) will be published by Harvard University Press, the prequel to his 2018 book, Nemesis. HUP has now commissioned a third volume, Hubris: Pericles’ Parthenon Project and the Invention of Athens.
During the pandemic, David has been writing regular articles and book reviews for Minerva magazine, as well as further book reviews for the Classics for All website. He also translated Aeschylus’ Persians. Meanwhile his translations and adaptations of Greek drama and poetry were performed online by Actors of Dionysus, including by scholars Michael Scott and Edith Hall, and actor/writer Stephen Fry.
The global pandemic struck just as David’s new literary show, Savage Beauty, was about to receive its first airing.
Performed by Sian Phillips and Stephen Greif, it weaves together passages by Homer, Herodotus, the tragedians and poets such as Sappho and Alcaeus to ‘lead us on a journey through the looking glass of ancient Greece to reveal beguiling female sensitivity and tough hardened masculinity, a heady cocktail that quite often leads to lust.’
The first performance took place at Zedel Brasserie, Soho, London in October, 2020 and further performances are scheduled for the same venue in March and April, 2021. For more details, and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/sian-phillips-stephen-greif-savage-beauty/.
Talks and Lectures
Many talks and lectures have recently had to be cancelled or postponed because of Covid-19, but we hope to be able to reschedule many of them once circumstances allow. These include gallery talks and lectures for The British Museum as well as lectures for The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Goodenough College. He also speaks at literary festivals, including Cheltenham, Oxford, Hexham, Bridport, Sheffield, Ilkley and Lichfield.
However, David has been contributing short online talks for the Goodenough College members’ Facebook page, and plans are afoot for socially-distanced talks in situ in the not-too-distant future.
2020’s Summer School at King’s College London for the Translatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy has sadly also been cancelled.
Meanwhile, David is scheduled to lecture for Noble Caledonian on cruises to Sicily in 2021 and 2022.