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The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype

It’s not what you think! Two thousand years ago, the Kama Sutra, a Sanskrit work on an idealized way of life was written, containing advice ranging from friendship and equality of women to decorating tips as well as…sex.  To cast the Kama Sutra as merely a sex manual is to miss the point of the text–it is one of the world’s best-known but most misunderstood works.

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Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages
Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Comics all owe a debt to Gilgamesh, a hero in Mesopotamian mythology and the protagonist of the world’s first epic story. Gilgamesh was a historic king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk and probably ruled sometime between 2800 and 2500 BCE. His story has been immortalized as one of the seminal stories in world literature, depicting the struggle to become fully human through a journey of self-discovery. Archaeological work in the Fertile Crescent has helped us understand the world in which the hero lived and provides a better understanding of the roots of Western civilization 

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Arthur: The Immortal King
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Arthur: The Immortal King

Kings capture our imagination. Out of the mists of time, the story of King Arthur continues to haunt. Was he a real person? Did Mallory in Le Morte D’Arthur capture an ideal that might have been possible? Perhaps, buried deep in our psyche is a longing for the camaraderie of a band of brothers, as well as a noble strong leader who will save us in desperate times. Excavations at Tintagel point to some tantalizing clues. Maybe there is more to the myth. 

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Popol Vuh: The Dawn of Life
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Popol Vuh: The Dawn of Life

Every culture on earth has a creation myth–we all want to know where we came from. Popol Vuh, the K’ichee Maya book of creation, was recorded in glyphic writing, transmitted orally, and eventually transcribed by Dominican missionaries in the sixteenth century, a few years after the European irruption. It is an extraordinary document of the human historical imagination. Beginning with the deeds of Maya gods in the darkness of a primeval sea, it ends with the radiant splendor of the Maya lords who founded the K’ichee kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. A scholar of Maya origin interprets this classic tale from an indigenous cultural perspective. 

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The Trojan War: Glory, Fame and Honor
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Trojan War: Glory, Fame and Honor

  • MATCH, Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (map)
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Struggle and confrontation make up much of human history, and some of our greatest stories revolve around warfare. Indeed, Greek mythology culminates in the Trojan War, one of the foundational tales of Western literature, with themes that continue to reverberate today. But was Troy a real place? Did the battles depicted by Homer really happen? Archaeologists now believe they have unearthed the true lost city of Troy. Discover what they have found in their excavations and learn more about the story, its symbolism, and its continuing contemporary significance.

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