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Oscar Wilde: Hellenism & Women of Homer (Intermediate-Advanced Modern Greek Reading)

Wed., 10am (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: A classicist well influenced by Plato and Aristotle’s Ethics on his major work The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde studied classics at Magdalen College, Oxford. As an undergraduate there, he decided to write a long essay surveying the chapter “Women of Homer” from John Addington Symonds’s Studies of the Greek Poets. But young Wilde’s project became bigger than he expected. It was August 1876, an inspiring vacation in Ireland, and he ended up writing an unfinished idiosyncratic introduction to the majority of Homer’s heroines. First published by the Oscar Wilde Society and edited by Thomas Wright and Donald Mead, Women of Homer is Oscar Wilde’s earliest surviving prose work, his first attempt at reviewing, with all the later elements of Aesthetic Philosophy that define him in his work, the critic as artist. Together we will read a Modern Greek translation of the text, along with the original.


Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Ilias Kolokouris

Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. His master's thesis was on Politeness Strategies and Gender in Refusals to Invitation - how to teach refusals to learners of Modern Greek. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. He also teaches at the Living Greek in Greece High School Program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within Modern Greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford. His translation of Women of Homer by Oscar Wilde into Modern Greek was published by Kastaniotis Publications in 2021 and his Modern Greek For Classicists was published by Paideia Press in 2021.