Western Literature to Dante

Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2017-18: Mondays, 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
2017

September

11   18   25  

October

2   9   16   23   30  

November

6   13   20   27  

December

4   11   18  

2018

January

8   15   22   29  

February

5   12   19   26  

March

5   12   19  

April

2   9   16   23   30  

May

7   14   20   28  

Unit II: The Greek Epic

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

Achilles and Priam, Vase Painting: New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photograph, Bruce A. McMenomy

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



Shown here: the Lion-Gate of Mycenae, thought to date from the approximate era of the Trojan War. Photograph © Copyright 1999, Mary L. McMenomy