020 – Homer and the Epic



: Better call upon a muse…because it’s time to revisit the epic! Focusing on Homer’s Iliad, we see how fate, anger, individualism, and hubris are viewed in the ancient Greek world, and how Homer employed these themes to give ancient Greece her heroes and her history!

Comments (2)

  1. Susan

    I have just finished this episode – I hope there will be a correction in the next C&c episode but I have to point out that Achilles was not at the sack of Troy. He died before the Grreks took the city and it was his son Neoptolemus (Pyrrhus) who was at the sack. See Aeneas’s story in the Aeneid. Don’t assume that rubbish film got the story right

    1. Will Webb (Post author)

      Susan, Thanks for that catch. I’ve read the epic once or twice in my lifetime, but the last thing I did to prepare for the episode was–wait for it–watch that rubbish movie, hah! So yes, Achilles’ death is not actually recorded in the text of the Iliad. I’ll be sure to credit you in a C&C episode…you are the first person to say something. We’ll also do an Aeneid episode when we get to Rome, too. – Will


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