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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
  The Iliad of Homer  
Alumni meet monthly to discuss one of the classics of literature.

Cost: Free, apart from the cost of food & drink
No Registration Required
With the new year (our 21st!) we begin a series of readings all dealing, one way or another, with the portrayal of the character of Ulysses throughout the history of Western literature.

We begin at the beginning, with The Iliad of Homer, the epic of the Trojan War, in which Odysseus, King of Ithaca, commands the Greek legions, fights and is wounded during the siege of Troy. There are, of course, many translations. Lots of people like Fagles' translation. Also favored are those of Pope, Lattimore and Lombardo (Lombardo's audio recording of his translation, which was conceived specifically for performance, is very impressive). The new Stephen Mitchell translation is probably not a good choice for this reading, since he omits all of Book 10 (on somewhat dubious grounds) and Book 10 is one of Odysseus's big scenes.

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Larry Brownn PhD, 1992

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Event Information
Monday, Jan 26 2015 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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