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Loyola University New Orleans presents "The Wrath of Achilles" and performance/lecture by Stanley Lombardo, A’65

Loyola press release - October 2, 2001

(New Orleans)— On Sunday, October 28, 2001, The Aquila Theatre Company of London will perform "The Wrath of Achilles," based on books 16 –19 of Homer’s The Iliad, in Roussel Hall, at 4 p.m. The troupe will be using a translation by Stanley Lombardo, a 1965 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and native of the city.

On Monday, October 29, Lombardo will give an on-campus performance/lecture of selections from his recent translation of The Odyssey. This appearance will be at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Hall. Both performances are free and the public is invited.

After Lombardo earned his graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, he then joined the faculty of the University of Kansas, where he has taught classics since 1976. His recent treatments of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey have been greeted with rave reviews, cited for their contemporary idiom while remaining loyal to original Greek. At Loyola, Lombardo’s love of Homer’s work began in the classroom of the Rev. Emmett M. Bienvenu, S. J. Lombardo dedicated his Odyssey in part to Bienvenu who taught Greek philosophy and literature at Loyola for nearly 40 years.

The Aquila Theatre Company was founded in 1990 and has gained both critical and academic acclaim for its work worldwide. In this performance, Aquila takes Homer’s 800 B.C. epic poem, with Stanley Lombardo’s penetrating translation, and turns into a relevant, modern, political play that is anti-war.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.