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Homer’s Iliad Via the Movie Troy (2004)

Synopsis
Homer’s Iliad, the earliest Greek poem, narrates the archetypal war between ‘Europeans’ and ‘Asiatics’ divided by the Hellespont. Looking at Wolfgang Peterson’s blockbuster Troy (2004), the lecture describes the genesis of the Iliad between the Mycenaean Late Bronze Age and the 8th century, when it was first written down with the aid of the new, phonetic script adapted from the Phoenician civilisation of the Levant. It explores the poem’s plot, tragic perspective on the human condition, and the despair caused by untimely death on an immense scale.[50 minutes]
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Series
Ancient Greece in Film, Opera and the Arts
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2017
Subjects
Film studies; Literature
Keywords
Homer; poetry; ancient Greece

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https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-age-of-tyrants-sappho-via-gounods-opera
Price
Free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

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Contributor
Edith Hall

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Gresham College

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