The Iliad and The Odyssey

We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We will investigate the historical origins of the stories and the way the texts have been passed down to us from ancient times, with an opportunity to assess aspects of various translations, as well as some of the art works and re-telllings the epics have inspired. Together we will look over the plots, the key characters, and the values that are expressed. What is it that makes these poems so significant in western culture?

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face / Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Robert Fagles. The Iliad (Penguin Classics: 1990)
  • Emily Wilson. The Odyssey (W.W. Norton: 2018)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Homer and the texts: together we will investigate the evidence for the origins of the stories that comprise the epics, the author or authors who composed the poems, and the context for their recitation. We will follow the sequence of how the texts were passed down over time and the qualities of some of the best known translations.
  • The story of The Iliad: The story of The Iliad only covers a few weeks at the end of the Trojan War and the focus is on character and motivation. We will go over the events, characters – human and divine – and the view of the world that Homer expresses, as well as The Iliad’s influence on later arts.
  • The story of The Odyssey: The Odyssey is a story containing many stories, about storytelling and its power, following the character of Odysseus, the master storyteller and trickster. These stories have had a greater impact in retellings and other arts.
$81 Limited / $73

<p>We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We

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27 Feb
$81 Limited / $73

<p>We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We

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05 Mar

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