Week of November 28--December 2
|Poised to Press to the End of the Iliad|
Discussion up through Book 11 (The Book of Wounds)
Overview or Preview of Book 12
Discussion of the PAPER--The Aristeia of Humanities Students in their Kleos
***Tonight: Read Books 13 and 14***
Tuesday: Book 12 Hektor smashes through the gates
Book 13 The Greeks rally and Poseidon encourages the Achaians
Book 14 Nestor meets wit the wounded Heroes; meanwhile, Zeus is distracted from the Trojan War
THE PAPER: ideas, thoughts, initial plans...the brainstorming of the gates of lethargy.
***Tonight: Read Books 15-16***
Wednesday: Book 15 Hektor's Aristeia continues as he breaks through to the ships
Book 16 THE TURNING POINT OF THE ILIAD
What can Dr. Leithart show us? Will he help us with our papers?
***Tonight: With fires blazing at the very black ships, read Book 17 (or get caught up).***
Thursday: Book 17 The Fight for the Body of Patroklos
Writing about The Iliad--Students rush in where epic poets fear to tread.
***Tonight: With tears shed for Patroklos, read Book 18***
Friday: Book 18 THE SHIELD OF ACHILLES
Read it, discuss it, explain it, and draw it.
We Will Finish The Iliad Next Week.
BE READY FOR A TEST ANY DAY AND EVERY DAY.
Write a brief journal entry after reading each book. At home, on your own, to have and hold in class, for a possible grade.
"When modern readers ask what makes men and women keep reading the Iliad....Surely the answer lies in the unsparing beauty of the heroic vision that the poem perennially renews: it inspires heroic enterprises, whether the conquest of nations, explorations of consciousness or massive literary undertakings. To make the poem one's own is to enter the dimension of the heroic imagination, and the Iliad is able to issue the liberating call to such heroic possibility with less cultural or historical static than any other work one could name."
Glenn Arbery, "Soul and Image: The Single Honor of Achilles"