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Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: Enduring Lessons from Ancient Classics

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0726
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What makes the magnificent epic poems of the ancient Greek poet Homer relevant to our contemporary world? His masterpieces the Iliad and Odyssey helped the ancient Greeks understand, through oral recitation, the tribulations of their world. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, explores the idea that we can also use these epics to make sense of some of the greatest cultural, political, and social problems we face today. 

Topics such as the question of fate versus free will, the quest for glory in earthly life, and the role of divinities in human affairs remain as important to us as they were thousands of years past. Join Lizzi for an exploration of the magnificent world of ancient literature to discover how works written millennia ago can continue to enchant, astonish, and instruct us.

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