'Argonauts In America' or, The Worst Epic Poem Ever Written?

a talk by Jesse Wiener, Assistant Professor of Classics at Hamilton College

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:30 pm at The Other Side Gallery, 2011 Genesee St., Utica

Joel Barlow was an early American statesman, abolitionist, and poet, whose neoclassical poem The Columbiad was an ambitious attempt to write a national epic in the tradition of Homer and Virgil. The poem is terrible. However, while the epic is today little known and less read, Barlow's Columbiad was a major literary event upon its release. This talk discusses the ways in which Barlow sought to supplant the Greek and Roman canon while drawing on Greco-Roman mythology to frame American history and a vision for empire. 

This event is part of the Hamilton College at The Other Side Lecture Series. It is free to the public. For more information contact Kim at 315 735-4825 or kodomenico@verizon.net. For information on other events at The Other Side see our website theothersideutica.org