Classical Language and Texts: Greek V: Epic (CLA3270)
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are (probably) the earliest surviving examples of Greek literature, but, far from being primitive or crudely fashioned, they are works of monumental scope, sophistication and power. These are extraordinary narratives, full of human interest, emotional intensity and intellectual stimulus. Homer’s epics relate, at length, central episodes from the Trojan War and the homecoming of the hero Odysseus: they are great stories, but they also have much to tell us about heroism, religion, society, power, ethics, personal relationships, the nature of the world, and the human condition. In this module we read several books of Homer in the original Greek language, as well as fragments of other lost poems from the Greek Epic Cycle.