The Greek Epics Adult Class with Scott Postma – Summer 2019
Nine-week course for adults
Homer is arguably the greatest poet of the ancient world and likely the most important poet of all time. His epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, have deeply influenced the western imagination in ways that are incalculable. In many ways, these works were to western civilization what the Bible is to Christianity. Prior to the rise of Christendom, they informed the religious, social, and political life of much of the Mediterranean world. Largely lost to the western world during the early medieval period, Homer was “rediscovered” by Petrarch in the 14th century. Reintroduced to the literate world by the Italian Renaissance, Homer once again became a major fixture in western literature.
In this live, online, nine-week course, we will:
1. Meet online once-a-week for an hour on Mondays at 4:00-5:00 pm (Jul 1-Aug 26).
2. Read and discuss The Iliad and The Odyssey (Richmond Lattimore translation).
3. Discuss Homer’s background, the development of poetry in the ancient world, the geography of the region, Greek mythology, and particularly the influence of the epics on the western imagination.
4. Consider the perennial human questions the epics raise and examine the biblical principles that speak to them, as well as discuss contemporary applications that might inform our worldview.
The only ‘homework’ will be to read the assigned portion of the book and be ready to plunge into lively discussion. Participants will be able to enjoy casual and interesting interaction from the comfort of their own homes.