Homer and Herodotus

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Homer and Herodotus

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This module is an introduction to ancient Greek literature and history. Homer?s Iliad and Odyssey (c. 700 B.C.), dealing with the mythical Trojan war, are the foundation of Greek and Western literature. The lectures will discuss the structure, characters, and main themes of the two works, with special reference to the epic heroes Achilles and Odysseus. Herodotus, because of his Histories (c. 430 B.C.), has been called the ?father of history? but also the ?father of lies?. Ostensibly the work?s focus is on the historical Persian Wars, but in fact it is about so much more. It is one of the most entertaining books from antiquity and is generally agreed to be a masterpiece by all who read it. Tutorial classes will encourage students to develop their skills in analysis and evaluation of the texts. The module requires no previous knowledge of Homer or Herodotus, and all three texts are studied in translation

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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