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Walter Puchner

Walter Puchner

Professor Emeritus NKUA

Walter Puchner was born and studied in Vienna, but has spent most of his years in Greece. He is Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies at NKUA (co-founder of the Department of Theater Studies) and an honorary member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has written more than 100 books in Greek and has published about 500 studies and more than 1000 book reviews on the history of Greek and Balkan theater, as well as on Greek and comparative folklore, on Byzantine and modern Greek studies and on the theory of theater and drama. He has authored 25 collections of poetry, prose and critical essays.

Ancient tragedy employed a mechanism that starts from Hubris, namely a mortal transgressing the laws of the gods. Today we find ourselves in the parallel situation of transgressing the laws of nature.