Homer’s Iliad: Its Relevance Today – Virtual


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Did you know that the Iliad focuses on out-of-control rage and its healing through surrender to grief? That as Jonathan Shay wrote in Achilles in Vietnam, it is a poem about soldiers suffering ptsd? That it raises important questions about the price of heroism and the human cost of war? Reading selections from the Iliad, we’ll discuss these issues as well as how the likely origin of the Trojan War illuminates the origin of many wars throughout history. We’ll also consider the scapegoating of Helen, and compare her plight to Eve. Please purchase a translation by Fagles, Alexander, Wilson or Lombardo before the first class.

Tracy Marks, M.A. is author of four books, translated into nine languages, and has won several poetry and creative writing awards. She is also an experienced counselor. Tracy has taught in continuing ed for 43 years and specializes in literature, creative writing and personal growth courses.

Start Date: 5/3/2024, 5 meetings
Class Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Day of Week: Friday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Tracy Marks
Status: Running/Openings