An introduction to Ancient Greek literature
Spend a weekend with the creators of the western literary
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.
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 £90.00 (£70.00 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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