Fall 2023 Saturday Seminars
Saturdays starting October 7. More information and registration.
Heroic Intersections: Achilles and Hamlet
October 7, 12 pm ET
Teaching the Odyssey with Visual Art
October 14, 12 pm ET
A Tale of Two Empires: East Roman Survival in the Fifth Century
October 21, 12 pm ET
Translating Ancient Texts: Orpheus and Eurydice
October 28, 10 am ET
Apollonius of Rhodes’ Ancient Readers in Alexandria and Beyond
November 4, 12 pm ET
Translating Ancient Texts: Curse Tablets
November 11, 12 pm ET
The Necessity of Dialogue: Phaedrus and the Purpose of Education
November 18, 12 pm ET
Ancient Roots of Modern Genres: The Ancient Greek Novels
December 2, 12 pm ET
Translating Ancient Texts: Homer’s Epic Women
December 9, 12 pm ET
Fall 2023: Homer’s Iliad (Professor Eirene Allen)
Starts September 25.
The Iliad is typically cited as the first work of Western literature, the beginning of a long tradition. While this formulation accurately conveys the Iliad’s central inspirational function, the epic also marks the end of a long tradition of oral storytelling. In this sense, the Iliad is both alpha and omega. This course will explore the Iliad from both perspectives, its coded meanings and messages within its time and its appeal across time.
Online, Mondays, September 25-December 18 (no class November 20), 7-9 PM ET (NYC).
Odyssey. The next Odyssey seminar will be held Winter 2024. Fall 2023 Saturday Seminars
Consultations. Teachers and schools can contact the Institute via email to set up a time to speak about their community’s particular needs and goals.
Discussion groups. Teachers are invited to join our moderated Discord server to discuss the texts, ask questions, and exchange resources. To join, Contact Us with a request.
Seminars for Libraries. The Institute for Classics Education provides online seminars to introduce library patrons to the classics of ancient Greece in translation. The seminars are hosted by the library, streamed online, and presented by the Institute’s Dr. Allen. More information is here.
Reading recommendations for teachers: translations and analytical works on ancient texts vary significantly. Click here for the Institute’s position on translation and here for overviews of recommended translations for the Iliad and the Odyssey.