Homer's Iliad

Bella Vivante
THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
September 29 - December 15, 2016. No class on October 27 and November 24.
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Homer's Iliad

Fall 2016
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9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
September 29 - December 15, 2016. No class on October 27 and November 24.


Main Campus



We initiate a year of exploring Homer by reading his scintillating epic poem presenting a few days near the Trojan War’s end: The Iliad. While the poem highlights battle and military matters, human complexities also emerge: conflict between military and domestic realms; women as war prizes or prized family members; the role of gods; concepts of heroism; ways of warfare; the oral tradition; creation of poetry; and more. The aim is to appreciate from multiple perspectives The Iliad’s exquisite poetry and its multilayered ideas about war, peace, and related themes. A greater understanding of Greek thinking, pivotal in the development of Western culture, provides valuable insights into our own views about these complex social issues and why this remarkable ancient poem continues to influence our contemporary ideas and creativity.

Required Reading: 

Homer. Iliad. Trans. Stanley Lombardo. Hackett Classics, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0-87720-352-5.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emerita
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Honored to receive 2018’s Ted & Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award, Bella brings her enthusiastic love of Ancient Greek poetry and culture to her HSP classes: Homer’s brilliant epics, select themes in Greek drama, Ancient Anatolia, more. See this dynamic antiquity in her Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, translation of Euripides’s Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, or Women and Family in Ancient Greece DVD.


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