The Iliad of Homer : The Great Courses: Western Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Series: The Great Courses: Western Literature
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.
Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece - whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.
As you'll learn, the grandeur and immediacy of Homer's world would seem to defy time and space. Throughout these lectures, you'll explore this legendary era in brilliant, unforgettable hues. You'll meet its towering heroes who thirst for honor and the gods who inspired and instigated them. You'll go deep inside the shattering battles at Troy that act out mankind's awesome passions for glory, love, and vengeance. But more than that, you'll focus on the timeless human issues this masterpiece raises, all of them evoked by the power of a single dramatic question: Why does Achilles rage? The limits of freedom, the common humanity we share, the line between justice and revenge, the nature of destiny, the meaning of life - Professor Vandiver uses the Iliad as a potent lens through which to study them all.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Informative and intriguing!

As someone with no prior knowledge of the story line, I found the narration easy to follow, and constantly interesting to learn about. It’s not only a concise summary of the story line, it does a fantastic job of explaining the key themes, ideologies and the societal values it carries. I was listening to it at 1.25x speed and found that to be a good pace for myself.
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- Amazon Customer

Great Lecture Series

This series of lectures on the Iliad is great for anyone who wants to learn about the text more deeply. The lecturer is amazing and she explains everything in a way that it easy to understand and informative.
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- Naomi Skilling

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses