ONLINE SEMINAR Troy: Myth, Legend and Inspiration

C$ 300.00

The legend of the Trojan War is one of the most enduring stories in our culture, inspiring some of our most creative and moving literature and art—from Homer to Shakespeare to Joyce and the present day. Dig deep into the world of Troy with this 9-week seminar series. It’s everything you love about Classical Pursuits discussion — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form.

This seminar follows on from the British Museum’s 2020 special exhibition Troy: Myth and Reality. Mark will begin the series with a presentation on the Trojan War and its artistic and literary sources. Over the nine weeks of this study, we’ll explore the continuing fascination of Troy, through discussions of five works of literature that span the breadth of the Trojan War story, and a close look at images of key objects from the Troy exhibition. So, no reading is required for the first week! You do not have to complete all the reading by the start of the course.

When: Nine weekly sessions on Thursdays, starting April 9 at 1 p.m Eastern

Duration: 2.5 hours per session

Cost: C$300 plus 13% HST

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free after registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

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LEADER

Classical Pursuits education manager Mark Cwik has been organizing and leading great books discussion groups for adults for over twenty years in London, Chicago and Toronto. He was trained as a discussion facilitator while at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago and has been a passionate advocate for great books education since attending St. John’s College, Santa Fe and the University of Chicago Basic Program in Liberal Education.

BOOKS

  • The Iliad, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, introduction by Bernard Knox; Penguin Classics; ISBN-13: 978-014027536
  • The Complete Euripides Volume I: Trojan Women and Other Plays (Greek Tragedy in New Translations), edited by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro; Oxford Univ Press (2010); ISBN: 978-0195388671
  • The Complete Euripides Volume II: Iphigenia in Tauris and Other Plays (Greek Tragedy in New Translations), edited by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro; Oxford Univ Press (2010); ISBN: 978-0195388695
  • The Complete Sophocles Volume II: Electra and Other Plays (Greek Tragedy in New Translations), edited by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro; Oxford Univ Press (2009); ISBN-13: 978-0195373301
  • The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker; Penguin (2019); ISBN-13: 978-0241983201
We encourage you to use these recommended editions, but it is not required.

The legend of the Trojan War is one of the most enduring stories in our culture, inspiring some of our most creative and moving literature and art—from Homer to Shakespeare to Joyce and the present day. The famous Golden Apple and the Trojan Horse are familiar to most everyone, along with the names of Achilles, Odysseus, Hector and Aeneas—and, of course, the ever-enigmatic Helen at the centre of it all.

After 3000 years, Troy and the Trojan War continue to inspire retellings and alt-tellings. Here in 2020, you’ll find at least three current bestselling novels in bookstore windows based on the war and its aftermath, and a steady stream of new translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey receives prominent attention. From Homer’s time onward, the Trojan War has provided a setting for stories of heroism, glory and conquest—and even more often of grief, sorrow and loss.

This seminar follows on from the British Museum’s 2020 special exhibition Troy: Myth and Reality. Mark will begin the series with a presentation on the Trojan War and its artistic and literary sources. Over the nine weeks of this study, we’ll explore the continuing fascination of Troy, through discussions of five works of literature that span the breadth of the Trojan War story, and a close look at images of key objects from the Troy exhibition.

Central to the myth of Troy is Homer’s Iliad, which we’ll read over four sessions; we’ll also read the Classical Greek plays Iphigeneia at Aulis and The Trojan Women, both by Euripides, and Philoctetes by Sophocles; we’ll finish the study with a modern contribution to the Troy legend, the very well-reviewed novel The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker. To round out the study we’ll look at excerpts from ancient source texts that tell the stories of the Golden Apple, the attempts by various heroes to avoid the war, the Trojan Horse, the death of Achilles, and numerous other variations on the Troy myth.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

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