Bernard MacGregor Walker Knox

first_imgBernard MacGregor Walker Knox, Professor of Greek, Emeritus, was born in England on November 24, 1914, but he lived most of his professional life as a citizen of the United States, where he died on July 22, 2010. In 1961 Knox was recruited from Yale to become the founding director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He took up his post in the fall of 1962 (Michael Putnam having served as acting director in the Center’s first year) and held it until his retirement in 1985. During Knox’s tenure the Center was the temporary home for almost two hundred “Junior Fellows” from two dozen countries.Bernard and his wife, Bianca, lived a glittering life on Whitehaven Street. The Director’s Residence hosted almost as many notable Washington figures as it did visiting classicists. Bernard was a worldly host and a master raconteur; “his” Junior Fellows will recall the anecdotes. Harrowing wartime experiences were crystallized into brilliant tales, typically featuring a stroke of good (or bad) luck. But Knox was also a profoundly literate intellectual and a serious, productive scholar. Many of his most influential books and essays were written at the Center.As a scholar and critic Bernard meant different things to different people, but his best-known and most enduring legacy remains his work on the concept of the tragic hero in the dramas of Sophocles. Knox’s two books on Sophocles were published half a century ago, Oedipus at Thebes in 1957 by Yale University Press and his Sather Classical Lectures of 1963 the following year by the University of California Press under the title The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy.The earlier book begins with a polite but scathing refutation of what Knox refers to as Freud’s “fundamental misconception that Oedipus is a tragedy of fate” (p. 3). The five chapters of the book are given titles that consist of a single word each, namely “Hero,” “Athens,” “Man,” “God,” and again “Hero.” The order is significant for understanding the rationale behind Bernard’s interpretation of the Oedipus Tyrannus. The play is about a tragic hero whose identity undergoes a complete reversal. The hero who is sent back into the palace a broken man at the end of the drama is diametrically opposed to the godlike king who is the dominant figure in the opening scene. It is the conflict between man and god, between Apollo’s oracles and Oedipus’ attempts to circumvent them, that drives the action of the drama and decides Oedipus’ fate.Bernard juxtaposes the Thebes of the Oedipus Tyrannus with the historical Athens of Sophocles’s own time, rather than with the mythical Athens of tragedy, and sees the two not as polar opposites but as mirror images. In his own words “the play is a tragic vision of Athens’ splendor, vigor, and inevitable defeat, a defeat which contemplates no possibility of escape — the defeat is imminent in the splendor” (p. 105). As a critic Bernard was as keenly interested in history as he was in myth. He regarded tragedy’s recourse to the mythical past as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of Athens in the 5th century. In order to achieve as great a precision as possible in seeing the Oedipus Tyrannus against the background of its time, he even wrote an article on the date of the play, which he concluded was performed in 425 BCE. Few other scholars have been confident enough to date the play with such accuracy.It could be argued that much of Knox’s work on the Oedipus Tyrannus is designed to set the record straight and to restore the Greek Oedipus to his pristine pre-Freudian condition. But there is more to the question why Oedipus looms so extraordinarily large in Knox’s œuvre. The answer has as much to do with Sophocles and the Greeks as with Bernard’s personal life and academic career.Bernard’s Sather Lectures build on and expand his earlier book on Oedipus at Thebes and define tragic heroes like Antigone and Philoctetes in terms of their “heroic temper,” that is, their inner disposition in dealing with men and gods alike. In his reading, Sophoclean heroes are irascible, obstinate, and committed to their cause. Their fate is intertwined with the life of their cities even beyond death through hero cult. Needless to say, Oedipus is the most illustrious example of the Sophoclean hero. As a critic Bernard was in the final count always a humanist, and he tends to envision the Sophoclean hero as a troubled and even tortured paradigm of the human condition.Like other classicists who went through the ordeal of warfare, Bernard’s view of life and literature was influenced by his war experience. He came to Yale in 1947 as a graduate student after he saw combat on the anti-Franco side in the Spanish Civil War and, later, in the ranks of the United States forces fighting in Normandy and Italy during World War II. He earned his doctorate in 1948.In the academic year of 1951-52 he participated in a Yale lecture series on tragedy from Sophocles to T. S. Eliot, which was published in 1955 as Tragic Themes in Western Literature. According to the editor’s preface the lectures “dramatize the ultimate oneness of man.” The humanistic motivation of the endeavor is unmistakable. Bernard’s lecture bears the unassuming title “Sophocles’ Oedipus” and it anticipates all the major themes and discoveries of his first book and, to a lesser extent, of his second. It starts on a solemn note that sees Sophoclean tragedy as a microcosm of the human condition and characterizes his Oedipus as “a symbol of human aspiration and despair before the characteristic dilemma of western civilization — the problem of man’s true nature, his proper place in the universe” (p. 96).Knox’s conspicuous success as an interpreter of Sophoclean tragedy derives its momentum from that illuminating tension between his admirable attention to the texts of Greek tragedy and his aspirations as a humanist who refused to separate scholarship from life.Respectfully submitted,Deborah Boedeker, Brown UniversityAlbert M. HenrichsKurt A. Raaflaub, Brown UniversityGregory Nagy, Chairlast_img read more

Missing Peconic Girl Ashley Murray Returns Safely

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ashley MurrayAshley Murray, the 16-year-old Peconic girl who went missing 12 days ago, walked into Southold Town Police headquarters safe and sound Friday, authorities said.Murray, who was reported missing from her Springs Lane home Monday, Feb. 25, showed up at the North Fork police station at 3:15 p.m., according to investigators. But police could not say where she’s been.“She was in good physical condition and she stayed with us until around 4:30,” said Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley, noting that she arrived with a friend.Investigators had teamed with Suffolk police, the FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the high-profile search that included a search party organized by friend and family.Flatley said Murray was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.“Even though the searching is over, the investigation is still active,” he added.last_img read more

Stock Market Put on Brief Freeze after Steep Monday Decline

first_imgThe Dow Jones Industrial Average has been down over two-thousand points as fears over the coronavirus and oil prices send markets tumbling.Trading was already put on a brief freeze for 15 minutes this morning after market circuit breakers were triggered following a drop of 7%.LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report: Dow opens down more than 1,700 points. https://t.co/zONjag6Huj— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 9, 2020 The two-thousand point drop means the Dow was down nearly 8%. The Nasdaq is down nearly 600 points and the S&P 500 is down more than 200 points.last_img read more

England coach Steve Robinson is contender for top award

first_img31 Oct 2017 England coach Steve Robinson is contender for top award Tags: Award, Steve Robinson Coach Steve Robinson, who steered the England Golf women’s team to become double European champions, has been nominated for a top award.Robinson, the highly-respected head PGA Professional at Sandburn Hall Golf Club near York, has been nominated for the ‘High Performance Coach of the Year’ award at the 2017 UK Coaching Awards.His nomination comes after a season of outstanding successes. First, he guided the England women’s team to their second successive European championship gold medal.Then he followed up by coaching the Yorkshire boys’ and women’s teams to victory in their respective English County Championships. Between them the two teams have now won 13 English County Championships while being coached by the Yorkshireman.Robinson, who has been the England women’s coach since 2008, has also notched up a European silver medal and five Home International wins during his time in charge.He credits England Golf with helping him to develop as a coach by encouraging him to go on a UK Sport Inspired programme, working with other Olympic sports. “As a coach I ask other people to get better and I felt perhaps I should look at myself and try to get better,” he remarked. The two European championship wins followed and now there’s the preparations for a possible hat trick.“It’s a massive ask but also a huge opportunity. There are not many teams in any sport that get to be European champions three years in a row. It’s going to be hard, everyone will be aiming for us, but we have got to try and totally embrace that challenge,” he said.Robinson, who was England Golf’s 2016 Coach of the Year, said of his latest nomination: “There’s a lot of good coaches out there and it’s nice to see golf get some recognition.“From a personal point of view I’m obviously delighted to have been nominated, but I’m also very pleased because there’s a lot of coaches in golf who don’t get any recognition.He faces stiff competition in the ‘High Performance Coach of the Year’ category.He is up against sailing coach Ben Rhodes, fencing expert Ziemek Wojciechowski, and the trio who helped mastermind Great Britain’s relay success at the Athletics World Championships in August – Stephen Maguire, Benke Blomkvist and Christian Malcolm.“We’re now up there along with the other top sports and there’s some pretty stiff opposition,” Robinson added. “We all love golf and it’s nice to see I’m a name in there alongside the guys who coached the world champion sprint relay team to victory.“I have no expectations, I’m just delighted I’ve made it into the final four and am representing England Golf, The PGA and the work all of us golf coaches do.”The UK Coaching Awards, which take place in London on November 30, honour coaching excellence from people and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the past 12 months.Hosted by UK Coaching, the event raises the profile of coaching and the role it plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation.center_img For more information about the 2017 UK Coaching Awards or to view all nominations from the ten award categories click here.Caption: Steven Robinson with Gemma Clews, a member of the England team which became 2017 European champions (image copyright Stills Photography).last_img read more

Round robin loss too much for Nelson Selects to overcome, finish sixth at Provincial B Cup in Aldergrove

first_imgSo close, but yet so far away for the Nelson Selects at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup U15 Boy’s tournament Sunday in Aldergrove.The Selects watched as Prospect Lake score the lone goal of the second half of the final round robin game to edge Nelson 2-1 and knock the Kootenay/Columbia reps out of the gold medal game and into the consolation round.Nelson did not rebound from the heartbreaking defeated, dropping another 2-1 decision to Chilliwack in the fifth/sixth-place contest.“Nelson matched up very well with some of the best teams in the province,” said Dan Szabo of the U15 coaching staff.“And although were disappointed with sixth in the eight-team tourney, the margin between those who played for medals and the others was very tight.”“(This was a) good, competitive tournament,” he added.As in any eight-team tourney that uses a round robin format to determine the finalists, one game can make a huge difference.Which is definitely what happened to the Selects.Sitting in the driver’s seat after scoring a 2-2 against South Burnaby and registering a 5-0 blowout of Williams Lake, the Reps stumbled against Prospect Lake.A goal in the 71st minute was too much for the Selects to overcome.Prospect Lake opened the scoring in the 25th minutes off a corner kick.However, Nelson rebounded minutes later when convert a perfect cross form James Miller to even the count at 1-1 heading into halftime.Nelson pressed for the equalizer but could not crack the Prospect Lake defence. The Selects opened with a deserving 2-2 draw against pre-tourney favourite South Burnaby.Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Reps got goals from Micah May and Nicholas Wethal to surprise Burnaby.Spencer Szabo assisted both markers.Friday Nelson looked like world-beaters after blasting Williams Lake 5-0.Nolan Percival, with his first of two in the game, and Jimmy Johnson scored in the first half for Nelson.Percival, Miller and Owen Thurston completed the scoring in the second.In the consolation round against Chilliwack, a couple of mistakes erased a 1-0 Nelson lead allowing the Fraser Valley squad to escape with the one-goal victory.CCB Elite (Whalley) defeated South Burnaby 2-0 to capture the gold medal while Vernon edged Prospect Lake 3-2 to claim the bronze.U16 & U18 Boys finish fourth and seventh, respectivelyShuswap FC of Salmon Arm scored the only goal of the game en route to 1-0 win in the bronze medal of the B.C. Provincial B U16 Boy’s Cup Sunday in Aldergrove.Much like their younger cousins, U15 boys, the U16 squad lost in the final round robin game 1-0 to Douglas Park Blue Rangers to drop into the bronze medal game.The Selects opened with a 1-1 tie against Comox Valley Red Devils before Quesnel Strikers 1-0 Friday.Meanwhile, the U18 boys struggled out the gate with draws against North Delta and Prince George.In the final round robin game Saturday, Nelson lost 3-2 to Saanich to fall to fourth spot in the Group B standings.Nelson responded in the final match to blast host Aldergrove 5-1.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP TICKET HOLDERS CAN RESELL TICKETS THROUGH SEAT ADVISOR PROGRAM “TICKETRESELL”

first_img“Since Ticket Resell by SeatAdvisor was released, it has been highly rewarding to support the success the Breeders’ Cup has achieved by helping patrons confidently purchase and even resell their tickets for the historic event,” said SeatAdvisor President and CEO Brent Miller. “Through our partnership, patrons worldwide know they have access to all the available inventory on the highly secure Breeders Cup website, eliminating the need to search third party websites.”Fans interested in selling their Breeders’ Cup tickets or purchasing resold inventory through TicketResell may call 859-514-9428, M-F, 9-5 p.m. ET; email [email protected] or on the web at www.breederscup.com/tickets. SeatAdvisor, Inc. works with more than 3,000 venues in the arts and sports market throughout the U.S., Australia, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Caribbean. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup, an impressive roster of North American horse racing venues utilize SeatAdvisor’s box office software including the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, home of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships’ races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. TicketResell is an online tool that allows patrons to resell tickets they can no longer use through SeatAdvisor Box Office; a guaranteed and secure system by SeatAdvisor.TicketResell was developed by SeatAdvisor, Inc., a global ticketing software company and the official box office software provider of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships since 2008. This is the fourth consecutive year that the TicketResell program has been made available to Breeders’ Cup patrons. With TicketResell, if patrons are no longer able to attend the event, they are now able to resell their tickets directly through their online account held with the Breeders’ Cup. A desired resell price is set by the seller, and tickets are then added to the accessible inventory and made available for buyers. “Over the past four years, TicketResell has provided customers with a safe and secure marketplace to resell their tickets and simultaneously provide other fans a second chance to get into areas where the inventory had been previously sold out,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We look forward to our continued partnership with SeatAdvisor in establishing an efficient ticket exchange system for our fans around the world.” About SeatAdvisor SeatAdvisor delivers a smarter ticketing and patron management solution to help venues worldwide nurture and grow their audiences.  We combine a powerful but easy-to-use ticketing system with integrated fundraising, analytics, marketing and CRM capabilities.  A proven innovator since 1999, SeatAdvisor was the first to provide interactive SeatMaps including the view from a seat.  We support a wide range of customers including race tracks, performing arts, universities, hotels, sports organizations and festivals.   Our cloud based solution includes dual redundancy, PCI Level 1 and EMV compliance to ensure the safety and security of all transactions and patron data. With global headquarters in San Diego, CA and regional offices in Europe and Australia, thousands of venues worldwide have chosen SeatAdvisor to sell over 100 million tickets. For additional information about SeatAdvisor, visit www.seatadvisor.com or call (877) 732-8627center_img All transactions are 100% secured and guaranteed byTicketResell, unlike other secondary market resellers. LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 10, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup today announced that fans currently holding tickets to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships can securely resell those tickets through TicketResell by SeatAdvisor.  The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s premier international event, will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.last_img read more