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The Iliad of Homer
- Gesprochen von: Elizabeth Vandiver
- Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 4 Min.
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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.
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Best great courses course so far.
I've been listening to all great courses relevant to my studies that I could find, this is the first time I did it along with reading the Iliad. I should add that my general impression might be a lot different had I not read the Iliad along with the course, but I really gotta say that I am, as cheesy as it may sound, shook. Buying the Odyssee-Course right now.
3 Leute fanden das hilfreich
- Thorsten Kirchheim
I just stumbled over this audio after searching for some good translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Initially, the title implied that it contained lectures, which were centered around homer and the Iliad. But fortunately, it does even more so - it puts the Iliad into it's historical and socio-cultural environment of the person of Homer, addressing some issues of his authorship.
To be true - I don't want to have missed this course and swallowed each minute and hour in it - even as a non-native English-speaker. Thanks for the good work and it's richness in facts and details.
- Gregor Schöner
Outstanding in every respect… contents, approach, manner of presentation. Also has a nice arc of tension that draws the listener in.