An introduction to Ancient Greek literature
weekend with the creators of the western literary
Fantasy will be one of our themes this weekend. After a journey to the Moon with Lucian we’ll end up in Cloud Cuckoo Land with Aristophanes, taking some philosophical and political lessons on the way. We’ll read from a Greek novel in which the heroine loses her head but not her happy ending, and we’ll eavesdrop on Athenaeus’ dinner party for a bit of erudite whimsy. There will be a couple of doses of real life from Galen’s medical works and from Antiphon’s speech written for a man prosecuting his step-mother for poisoning his father with what she claimed she thought was a love potion. Another theme seems to be violent death, so we’ll start by contrasting the descriptions of battle in Homer’s Iliad with those in the very late epic of Quintus Smyrnaeus, dealing with Achilles’ fight against Penthesilea the Amazon Queen.
No previous knowledge will be required, and all the texts will be translated into English.
materials are supplied as a pdf for students to download and print. If
required, a printed
be supplied by post or on the first day of the course at an additional
cost of £10.
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 course fee will be £100.00 (£75.00 unwaged). Overnight accommodation and meals are not included: it will be the responsibility of students to arrange this for themselves.
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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