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Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

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Dallas, TX 75201

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Join us for our annual Braniff Salon to discuss "Three Women and Hektor - Book 24 of Homer's Iliad." Guests will consider the striking ending of Homer’s Iliad, in which the women of the defeated city are given the final say.

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6:00 pm: Reception with heavy hors-d'oeuvres and drinks

7:00 pm: Round Table Discussion

Reception with dessert and coffee continues after the discussion. Cocktail or business casual attire.



In Book 24 of the Iliad, Homer does the unexpected; he ends his epic by giving the last voice to the defeated, rather than to the victors, and the last speeches to women, rather than to the men who seem to have been the main actors in this historic conflict. First Hektor’s wife, Andromache, then his mother, Hekabe, and finally Helen, his brother’s mistress and the cause of the war, speak of Hektor and what he meant to the city, his family and themselves. With the speech of each woman, the sense of loss increases and the lamentations of the Trojans grows louder. It is a striking way to end an epic that seems to be about Achaean prowess and the battle for glory. Why does Homer do this and what does Homer find so compelling in the speeches of these three women that he ends his epic in this way?

We look forward to an evening of engaging discourse!


This event is complimentary for guests to attend. We welcome donations to help support future Braniff Salons at Udallas.edu/Give


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