This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at the story of the poem itself and its major theme of Achilles' anger, in particular in the first seven lines. It examines some of the characteristic features of the text: metre, word order and epithets. Finally, it explores Homer's use of simile. The course should prepare you for reading the Iliad on your own with greater ease and interest.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand the plot of the Iliad and the wider cycle of myths of which it was a part
identify characteristic features that show how the Iliad was composed orally
use these features to think about and interpret the poem.
This was a great way for me to reconnect with Homer's the Iliad. I did a distant learning course in the early 2000's and found that even this free course opened up some new learning experiences that I had not expected. Well worth doing this course to wet your appitite for the classics.