Seminars for Teachers

Fall 2021: Iliad (Professor Eirene Allen)

For Middle, High School, and HomeSchool Teachers. Free. Max 10 teachers.

When: Mondays Sept. 13-Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.

Forum: Live classes on Zoom. Discussion on Discord.

Syllabus: see below.

Required texts: Homer’s Iliad, translated by Anthony Verity

Course requirements: attend all live sessions, participate in Discord discussion, and 1 paper (5-7 pages) due Dec. 17.

Teachers will receive a grade and certificate upon completion of requirements.

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Fall 2021: Iliad seminar

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.

Week 1: Introducing the Trojan War

Read: Barbara Graziosi’s Introduction to Anthony Verity’s Iliad

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 2: Community & authority among gods and men

Read: Iliad 1-3

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 3: Gods among heroes

Read: Iliad 4-6

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 4: Poetry & the Embassy to Achilles

Read: Iliad 7-9

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 5: Fate & Will

Read: Selected passages from Iliad

PowerPoint Fate & Will (as PDF)

PowerPoint Greek Myth in Context (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 6: Zeus’ plan accelerates

Read: Iliad 10-12

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 7: The Greeks under siege

Read: Iliad 13-15

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 8: Patroclus’ sacrifice & Achilles’ shield

Read: Iliad 16-18

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 9: The world of the Iliad

Read: Selected passages from the Iliad

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 10: The excesses of Achilles

Read: Iliad 19-21

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 11: A good death, proper rites, and pity

Read: Iliad 22-24

PowerPoint (as PDF)

PowerPoint Notes (as PDF).

Week 12: Text & subtext

Read: Selected passages from the Iliad

Week 13: Authority & its discontents

Read: Selected passages from the Iliad

Week 14: What is the Iliad about?

Selected passages from the Iliad

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