On October 5 and 6, 2012, the Greek Villa Kerylos will host the annual scientific colloquium of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres on the theme: Ancient Greece in literature and the arts. Villa Kérylos, a reconstruction of an ancient palace designed in 1908 by banker and scholar Théodore Reinach, celebrates the history of the Mediterranean every year. This year, an original approach to the subject allows a real rediscovery of ancient Greek civilization.
“Antinea! every time I saw her again, I wondered if I had looked at her then, disturbed as I was, so much each time I found her more beautiful. More beautiful ! poor word, poor language. But is it really the fault of the language, or of those who spoil such a word? "Atlantis, Chapter IX, Pierre Benoît (1886-1962).
Ancient Greece, its myths and legendary figures were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many French intellectuals and artists of the Belle Époque. From Proust to Debussy via Matisse, the power and lyricism of this universe have found a new form of artistic expression, also serving as an exotic setting for the evocation of French current affairs. On this model, Clemenceau's Demosthenes thus lets perceive analogies between the author and the famous Greek orator. This theme is also a pretext for an innovation of artistic genres that marks the first twentieth century, for revolutionary subtleties with which the new classical works are imprinted. The choreographic symphony Daphnis et Chloé by Ravel and Michel Fokine, composed for the famous Ballets Russes, is characteristic of this innovative movement. Ancient Greece in literature and the arts
During these two days of colloquium, fifteen specialists will speak on the different aspects of this ancient Greek inspiration and its impact on French culture in the first half of the 20th century.
XXIIIth colloquium of the Greek Villa Kerylos: Ancient Greece in literature and the arts. From October 5 to 6, 2012, Villa Kérylos (Beaulieu-sur-Mer).