Dr. Sarah Ruden, a poet, translator, and essayist, will present "Divine Comedy, Earlier Than You Think: Vergil, Augustine, the Bible" as part of Rhodes College's annual Batey Lecture. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall.
In addition to writing book-length translations of Greek and Roman authors such as Aeschylus, Aristophanes, and Petronius, Ruden is author of Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time and The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible. Her collection of her poetry, Other Places, won the South African Central News Agency Literary Award.
She has taught Latin, English, and writing at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and the University of Cape Town and been a Guggenheim fellow. She currently is a scholar in residence at Brown University.
The annual Batey Lecture Series at Rhodes is named for New Testament scholar Dr. Richard Batey who retired from the college in 2005. Ruden's lecture is sponsored by Rhodes' Department of Religious Studies, Department of Greek and Roman Studies Department, and the Search Program. For more information, contact Prof. Patrick Gray of the Department of Religious Studies (contact info above).