KRMgrB13 Reading Homer's Ilias

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 14:00–15:40 B2.22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Working knowledge of English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives (in Czech)
  • Course "Reading Homer's Ilias" introduces students to the Homeric world by close reading of selected portions of the foundational text of Western literature, ancient Greek epic Ilias. Following the completion of the course, students will become familiar with the contents and the genesis of the work ("Homeric question"), its metrical and linguistic features, as well as basic notions of Homeric morality, religion, warfare and politics.
  • Given the influence Ilias exerted in European culture, good knowledge of its contents will benefit not only classicists, but also students of European national literatures, students of religion and art historians.
  • Lectures are held in English, the course is therefore well suited for incoming Erasmus students.
  • Syllabus (in Czech)
    • Introduction
    • Homeric question
    • Metrical, stylistical and linguistic features
    • Close reading of selected portions of the Ilias
    • Concluding remarks
      required literature
    • Lattimore, Richmond (trans.) (2011). The Iliad of Homer. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
      recommended literature
    • Vidal-Naquet, Pierre (2000). Le monde d’Homère. Paris: Perrin.
    • de Jong, Irene J.F. (2004). Narrators and Focalizers: The Presentation of the Story in the Iliad. London: Bristol Classical Press.
    • Edwards, Mark W. (1987). Homer: Poet of the Iliad. Baltimore - London: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
    • Fowler, Robert (ed.) (2004). The Cambridge Companion to Homer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Wace, Alan J.B. - Stubbings, Frank H.A. (eds.) (1962). Companion to Homer. London: Macmillan.
    • Schein, Seth L. (1984). The Mortal Hero: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad. Berkeley - Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    • West, Martin L. (ed.) (1998-2000). Homerus: Ilias (2 vols.). Stuttgart - Leipzig: Teubner.
    • Rengakos, Antonios - Zimmermann, Bernhard (eds.) (2011). Homer-Handbuch: Leben - Werk - Wirkung. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.
    • Parry, Milman - Parry, Adam (ed.) (1987). The Making of Homeric Verse: The Collected Papers of Milman Parry. New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Morris, Ian - Powell, Barry (eds.) (2011). A New Companion to Homer. Leiden - New York: Brill.
    • Redfield, James M. (1994). Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector. Durham - London: Duke University Press.
    • Bakker, Egbert J. (2005). Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Peformance in Homeric Poetics. Cambridge, Mass. - London: Center for Hellenic Studies.
    • Slezák, Thomas A. (2012). Homer oder Die Geburt der abendländischen Dichtung. München: C.H. Beck.
    Teaching methods (in Czech)
    Reading, lectures and class discussions.
    Assessment methods (in Czech)
    Multiple choice test, a minimum of 70% is required to pass.
    Language of instruction
    Follow-Up Courses
    Further Comments
    Study Materials
    The course is taught annually.
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017.
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