Greek Literature Weekend in Gloucester

2-3 December 2017

Achilles and Ajax play draughts

Achilles and Ajax play draughts

 An introduction to Ancient Greek literature

Spend a weekend with the creators of the western literary tradition.

Course Content

We’ll begin our tour through a variety of genres with a discussion of Achilles’ startlingly imaginative speeches in Homer’s Iliad.  Turning to Athens in the Classical period, we’ll look at an example of Thucydides’ use of paired speeches, and read the speech ascribed to Aristophanes in Plato’s dialogue The Symposium. Aristophanes himself will supply our sample of comedy when we read from his Lysistrata, a saucy plea for peace. Euripides’ Alcestis will provide our introduction to tragi-comedy. One of Theocritus’ Idylls will supply a glimpse of the daily life of respectable women in 3rd. c. Alexandria. We’ll also face the challenge of Zeno’s paradoxes and meet Achilles again, in pursuit of a tortoise.

No previous knowledge will be required, and all the texts will be translated into English.

Course materials

Course materials are supplied as a pdf for students to download and print. If required, a printed version can be supplied by post or on the first day of the course at an additional cost of 10.

Method of tuition

The class size will be limited to sixteen, seated at three or four tables. Some parts of each session will be tutor-led; other parts will involve working in groups of 4-5 students.

Do I need to know any Greek?

No, but you will have learned a little Greek by the end of the course.

The venue   

Follow this link for information about the venue and how to find it: The Parliament Suite, Gloucester Cathedral

Fees and conditions

The course fee will be 90.00 (70.00 unwaged). Overnight accommodation and meals are not included: it will be the responsibility of students to arrange this for themselves.

A place will be reserved on receipt of your cheque. There will be a maximum of 16 students, so early booking is recommended. If a student withdraws more than 4 weeks before course start a full refund will be paid; any students withdrawing between 1 and 4 weeks before course start will have half their fee returned. There will be no refund for students withdrawing less than a week before course start.

To book a place on the course, please download and fill in the booking form here: Booking Form

This should be sent to Paul Pritchard, 2 (i) Rectory Road, Swffryd, Crumlin, Newport NP11 5EB

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Download Course Materials Here

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