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CORC 1110 MAIN PAGE

READING ASSIGNMENTS

Homer, The Iliad
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Sophocles, Antigone
Plato, The Republic
Virgil, The Aeneid

WRITING TECHNIQUES

The Basics
Close and Critical Reading

CORC 1110 FACULTY WEBSITES

Roger Dunkle
Donna Wilson
Hardy Hanson
John Van Sickle

OTHER LINKS

CORC 1110 Study Guide
Perseus Project
Classics Resources
Greek Mythology Link
Glossary of Terms

Homer — The Iliad

Homer’s Iliad deals with what many consider one of the greatest war stories ever told. The Iliad is a work of literature filled with striking images, gripping battle scenes, powerful and sometimes contentious gods and goddesses, and strong, heroic, yet very human warriors. This epic poem provides a glimpse into the culture and mythology of the ancient Greeks. Although composed orally and recited by bards probably more than 2700 years ago, the Iliad is still considered one of Western culture’s most important works of art. The epic marks the beginning of the Western literary canon. The Iliad explores key issues, many of which are as significant today as they were for the ancients, such as war, justice, love and loyalty--although the perspectives presented sometimes differ from our own. These issues will no doubt be discussed further in your class.

Background on the story

What do you see when you open your book?

Who is Homer and how was the Iliad created?

Why do we still read the Iliad?

What is the Iliad about?

Who are the characters in the Iliad?