Homer's Iliad - Humanities Seminars Program

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 3:00am to Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:00am
All Humanities Seminars take place in the Humanities Seminars room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 E. Helen Street (one block north of Speedway and one block west of Cherry Avenue).

Homer's Iliad

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

October 2 until December 4, 2013

This seminar, taught by Professor Norman Austin, will take students through a reading of the whole of Homer’s Iliad. The first two weeks will be devoted to historical conditions around the work, including discussion of the nature of oral composition and aesthetic aspects of oral epic. The remaining eight weeks will be devoted to a consecutive reading of the poem, with the focus on such issues as the relations between the gods and human beings, between one human being and another, the making of the hero, destiny, choice, free will, and the tragic consequences of a human individual’s choices.



Homer. The Iliad. Trans. Robert Fagles. Penguin Classics, 1998. ISBN: 0140275363.

Norman Austin, Professor Emeritus of Classics, joined the University of Arizona in 1980. He has served twice as Head of the Department of Classics. He retired in 2002 but returned to teaching in the Classics Department in 2011. In 2012 he won his fourth Superior Teaching Award in the Humanities Seminars Program. His latest book, on Sophocles’s Philoktetes, was published by the University of Wisconsin in 2011.  


Cost $150.00

If you wish to register immediately by mail, please download the form below.


Click here to download the Registration Form for Fall 2013
Portable Document Format (PDF) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Please mail the Registration Form to:

Humanities Seminars Program
Attention: Kerstin Miller
P.O. Box 210150
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150

For any other registration questions, please call Kerstin Miller at (520) 626-7845 or contact our program by e-mail at humansem@email.arizona.edu


HSP will charge an administrative fee of $25.00 for early drop-outs before the second class meeting with refunds of the balance of the original tuition.