Thursday 10.15 - 12.15
The first war story ever told in Western literature is not a battle of good vs evil, but an unflinching account of the suffering brought by conflict and the passions that run through all human hearts. For the students who attended this course last Autumn but also for newcomers who are welcome to join, we will start with an exposition of the characters and events leading to the death of the Greek hero Patroklos half-way through The Iliad. We will then focus on the second and most dramatic part of the poem to discover how close Homer’s heroes and heroines are to us.
We shall be using The Iliad translated by Richmond Lattimore, The University of Chicago Press,