Want to learn more about the great influences of Greek mythology, the joys of the classics, and the heroes of homer? The public is invited to attend a Classics Symposium, co-sponsored by Rockport Public Library and Ex Libris, which will be held Tuesday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rockport Opera House.

Distinguished presenters are:

Polly Chatfield teacher, poet, writer, and winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship with her topic on Patterns of Simile in The Divine Comedy.

HDS Greenway leads the opinion and analysis section for GlobalPost. He has been a journalist for 50 years and recently retired from the Boston Globe after a distinguished career, most recently as its editorial page editor.

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, and critic. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, two books of translation, and his criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues, and journals.

Christine Kondoleon is the George and Margo Behrakis Senior Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller; it has been translated into 23 languages worldwide.

Michael Putnum is MacMillan Professor of Classics and Professor of Comparative Literature, emeritus, Brown University.

The symposium includes slides and videos of classical paintings and artifacts of ancient Greek and Roman times presented by curators Christine Kondoleon and Wynne Phelan. A book table will be supplied from Left Bank Books, including materials and books covering the classics, Symposium booklets, booklets and posters. Libations and honey cakes by Nancy Jenkins.

The Classics Symposium is a free event, with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Rockport Public Library.

For further information, contact the Rockport Public Library at 236-3642 or learn more about the schedule, speakers, and the Symposium at rockport.lib.me.us/symposium2013.php.