Western Literature to Dante

Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2019-20: Mondays, 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
2019

September

9   16   23   30  

October

7   14   21   28  

November

4   11   18   25  

December

2   9   16  

2020

January

6   13   20   27  

February

3   10   17   24  

March

2   9   16   23   30  

April

13   20   27  

May

4   11   18   25  

Unit II: The Greek Epic

Week 6: Homer’s Iliad, concluded
ca. 800 B.C.

Priam, Attic red-figure painting
Achilles and Priam. Attic red-figure vase painting. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photograph, © Copyright, Bruce McMenomy.

Please have read by your classtime this week:

If you can’t cover it all, focus on books 17, 18, 21, 22, and 24. The essential core of the story has to do with Achilles, his final confrontation with Hector, his subsequent descent into inhumanity, and his final recovery and restoration to humanity.

This time I’d like to entertain any questions you have been considering. Therefore, think of a few good questions — either factual matters, or points for discussion. You may post them to the class forum if you like.

Lion gate at Mycenae
The Lion-Gate of Mycenae, thought to date from the approximate era of the Trojan War.
Photograph © Copyright 1999, Mary L. McMenomy