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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2007

GK 312K • Se-Yr GK II: Selected Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32155 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CBA 4.342
Faulkner, A

Course Description

The course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the two Homeric epics, the Iliad and Odyssey. Through close reading of the poems, you will gain a familiarity with epic morphology, syntax and vocabulary, while you consider broader literary and poetic issues. Two complete books of the poems, Iliad 1 and Odyssey 19 will be read in the original Greek, along with substantial sections of Iliad 24 and some other select passages. Simultaneously, the two epics will be considered in their entirety in translation. A knowledge of the Homeric poems is central to understanding the tradition of European literature. This will be kept in mind throughout, and as the course progresses, we will look at some examples of later hexameter poetry which have been directly influenced by Homer. Attention will also be given to the possible origins of some of what we find in the Iliad and Odyssey, by considering parallels with Near Eastern literature. Evaluation: 25% Essay (2500-3000 words) 15% Commentary Assignment (1500 words) 20% Mid-Term Exam 30% Final Exam 10% Class Participation


Pulleyn, S., Homer: Iliad Book 1, Oxford, 2001. Macleod, C.W., Homer: Iliad Book XXIV, Cambridge, 1982. Rutherford, R.B., Homer: Odyssey Books XIX and XX, Cambridge, 1992. Cunliffe, R.J., Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, Oklahoma, 1977. Rieu, E.V. (trans.), The Iliad, Penguin, 2003. Rieu, E.V. (trans.), The Odyssey, Penguin, 1992.


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