Troy: Myth & Reality with "The Muddy Archaeologist"
Start date: 6th Jul 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:15
Duration: 4 weeks
Tutor: Gillian Hovell
Course code: 20SU186
We explore the epic poems of Homer and the archaeology of Schliemann and beyond. We explore the impression Troy made on the Greeks and their way of adapting it to changing times. The final session discovers how the Romans re-invented the story of Troy to suit their own purposes.
This course goes further and deeper than the recent British Museum exhibition did: join me for this richly illustrated course and really understand why Homer’s tales have continued to be such a fascination even to our modern day.
This course is for beginners to advanced learners
For the first session students will need; Nothing, unless you wish to make notes
The course aims to explore the stories of Troy, from the beauty and genius of Homer to the improvisation of classical Greek adaptions and the Romans’ reuse of the old, old tales. Each part of the history of the story of Troy is an astonishing insight into the time of Homer, the passion and genius of the Classical Greeks and the values of Ancient Rome.
Also, just how real was Troy? What is the archaeological evidence? We dig deeper into the site, the finds and the personalities involved, before celebrating the ongoing story.
The course will be richly illustrated.
This course is suitable for anyone, beginner, general reader or more advanced student.
The course will cover the epic poems, the classical drama, the art and the archaeology that vividly bring Troy to life.
Session 1: The Myth: Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey
Session 2 : The Reality: the archaeology of Troy – its real history and the dynamic story of its discovery
Session 3 : The Ongoing Story: The Greeks’ Lands of Myths & Legends
Session 4 : The Legacy: Rome and Beyond
By the end of the course students should know the stories of Homer’s poems of Troy; the influence these had on the ancient civilizations of Archaic and Classical Greece, and how the Romans reinvented the tales to suit their own purposes. We consider how we have continued to interact with these old stories and how they still speak to us today.
The course is richly illustrated.