How to Read The Iliad - A Six Week Intensive

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 5:30pm

When: Wednesdays, Sept. 23 – Oct. 28  4:00 – 5:30pm ET
Who: Tonya Rozelle
Where: Online

  • If signing up the day it begins, the link for the live class will be emailed to you around 3pm ET. If you register at or after 3pm ET the day it begins, you may not receive the link until the following day. 

Open to high school age through adults. Can't make the class live? Everyone who signs up will receive the recordings to watch later.

“Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus
and its devastation…”

Upon reading these opening lines of verse, you may sense you have embarked on something great. Your sense would be well-founded, considering Homer’s Iliad is a story most skillfully crafted, a story most broadly revered, and countless times through the ages, a story most ardently referenced.

This major foundational work in the history of Western culture includes numerous sub-plots. So how does one know where to focus discussion time?  Since students learn best when they receive answers to questions they are asking, how do we get them to ask the right questions? What are the “right” questions?

Are you scheduled to lead students through the Iliad but not quite sure where to begin? Or would you like an arena in which to engage in discussions before having them with your student(s)? Perhaps reading this is on your personal list and you long for group discussion? Whether the Iliad is part of your personal redeemed education program or something you are leading students through this year, glean more from it through discussion in the classical way.

We will spend six weeks pondering how best to present this work to students, why this story of one man’s rage still deserves our time, and what it can help us learn about the one true God and His most beloved creation – us. We will consider the best way to approach discussions, so students glean life-impacting ideas from this work and walk away from the reading better humans.

Reading Schedule for Discussions
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Books I-II

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Books III-VII

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Books VIII-XII

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Books XIII-XVII

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Books XVIII-XXII

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Books XXIII-XXIV

Tonya Rozelle, the instructor, will be reading through the Lattimore translation and using that as her primary source for this webinar. She will also have the Fitzgerald translation close at hand.  If, however, you own a different translation, please do not feel you must purchase the Lattimore version; valuable discussions can result from examining differences in translations.

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