The Iliad of Homer
Tuesdays, September 25 – October 30, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
The Iliad, Homer’s epic account of the Trojan War, is one of the foundation stones of world literature; at once a window on a world already vanished in Homer’s time, a picture of the collective imagination of the ancient Greeks, and a probing, still relevant exploration of the human capacity for love and destruction. In this seminar, we will explore Homer’s narrative and its cast of gods and heroes, with particular emphasis on the development of Achilles, half-man and half-god, as the poem’s central character. We will use the Robert Fagles translation (Penguin Classics).
GUIDE: Christopher Zinn, an independent literature scholar, has led several Delve seminars. He teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School.