Intermediate Greek Reading: Homer's Iliad
Sat. 10am Eastern
Course Description: Ancient Greek literature begins with a pandemic, when the god Apollo sends a plague against the Greek army at Troy in Book I of Homer’s Iliad. This class considers selections from the first three books of the Iliad, with attention to issues of grammar, syntax, meter, meaning, and literary style. In session we read the Greek aloud, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Students may use any reliable Ancient Greek text for the Iliad. I recommend Allen Rogers Benner, Selections from Homer’s Iliad (1903, 2001), which has excellent notes on vocabulary and grammar.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Claire Catenaccio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. in Classics from Harvard University in 2007, her M.Phil. in Classics from Oxford University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2017. Her primary field of research is ancient drama, focusing at present on the role of solo actor's song (monody) in the tragedies of Euripides. She has published articles on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus' Oresteia, and on singing actors in Sophocles' Trachiniae. As a director, dramaturge, translator, and actress, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient plays, and she loves bringing Greek and Latin poetry to life through performance!