Ancient Greek Advanced Reading - Homer Iliad VI WEA Sydney

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Available Classes

This course is for students who have completed studies of the Ancient Greek language to high intermediate or advanced standard or who wish to brush up on previous studies of the language.  We will complete a detailed reading of Homer Iliad Book VI, focusing on the Homeric dialect and epic composition, alongside the story of the Trojan war and its main heroes.  Book VI deals with questions of the bonds of hospitality and exchange and provides a Trojan view of the war.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Homer Iliad VI, ed R.H. Jordan and J.A.Harrison, Bristol Classical Press, 1985.


  • Consideration of epic composition.
  • Introduction to Homeric epic language and metre.
  • Exploration of heroic values.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Read and understand unabridged passages from Homeric epic.
  2. Understand Homeric language differences and formulaic use.
  3. Discuss aspcts of the "Homeric question" and composition.
  4. Discuss heroic values as they appear in the Iliad.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

Suzanne MacAlister

BA (Hons), PhD
Dr Suzanne Macalister gained her BA Hons in both Modern and Ancient Greek, followed by her doctorate in Ancient Greek and Byzantine language and literature (University of Sydney); she became...