Homer's 'Iliad'—An Online Lecture Series in Five Parts

Homer's 'Iliad'—An Online Lecture Series in Five Parts

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Among the oldest extant works of Western Literature, the Iliad has fascinated readers for millennia.

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Among the oldest extant works of Western Literature, the Iliad has fascinated readers for millennia. The epic poem opens with an appeal to the muse—Anger be now your song, immortal one, Achilles' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Achaeans loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.

Taking these first lines (from Robert Fitzgerald's translation) as outlining the basic themes of the Iliad, this series of five lectures will identify key terms and ideas crucial to understanding this timeless classic. Progressing through the work in a loose and ambulant rather than strictly chronological manner, the series is intended to accompany the reader (or the merely curious) through their journey across this archaic psychic landscape.

The structure of the series is as follows:

  • Part I: ... Be Now Your Song [Preliminaries] - Thursday, June 2nd @6pm
  • Part II: Anger, Doomed and Ruinous [Beginnings] - Thursday, June 9th @ 6pm
  • Part III: Brave Souls, Dead Men [Central] - Thursday, June 16th @ 6pm
  • Part IV: Carrion for Dogs and Birds [Sunset] - Thursday, June 23rd @ 6pm
  • Part V: And the Will of Zeus was Done [Resolution] - Thursday, June 30th @ 6pm

This is an online only program. Reading the material is not necessary for attendance or participation. If you have questions about this program, or need help accessing the reading, please email andrewfairweather@nypl.org

You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

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