This is a course for those who are coming to Homer in Greek for the first time, and also for those who have started with the Odyssey and now would like to read some of the Iliad. We’ll start slow (especially since the beginning of the Iliad is so rich thematically, poetically and in terms of language) and then gradually pick up speed. After getting through 200 or so lines of Book 1, we will together choose what to read next—one or two episodes from the rest of the poem. Students will learn how to read Homeric hexameters and start learning about Homeric traditional phrases, poetic techniques, and above all the so-called “Homeric dialect,” the peculiar language of Greek epic which has its own long and intricate history. Students will be expected to acquire a fair amount of Homeric vocabulary and to become familiar with Homeric grammar as the need arises. Most students will find that Homer is easy to read (syntax in particular is more user-friendly than that of the Attic prose), but there is an initial period of getting used to the dialect.
MTWF 9:30-10:20 Mary Gates Hall 286
Professor: Olga Levaniouk firstname.lastname@example.org
Denny M262B (206) 543-2266
Office hours: Wednesday 11:30-12:20 and by appointment
The grades will be determined as follows:
Class participation 25%
Final exam 30%
Final writing assignment: 20%
Final writing assignment is due on the day of the final, and will consist of a short "commentary" on a selected passage.
Benner, A. Selections from Homer's Iliad. Foreword by M. Edwards. Norman 2001
(First Edition 1903).
Cunliffe, R. A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect. Norman 1977.