The Topless Towers of Ilium: Timeless Themes in Literature

Ref: C3744184

One of the most enduring influences on European literature has been Homer’s Iliad, describing the Trojan War as it reaches its end, and the people involved in its turmoil. This course examines The Iliad and the literature it has inspired, from Greek tragedy through to Chaucer and Shakespeare, and on to contemporary writing such as Pat Barker’s recently published Costa-nominated novel, The Silence of the Girls.

Course aim

To trace the influence the Trojan War has had on literature from its earliest depictions to modern versions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone interested in literature and Greek myth and legend.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the Trojan War as an influence in literature.
  • Discuss how the themes in the Iliad have been treated by subsequent authors.
  • Compare how the characters involved have developed from their ancient depiction in the hands of more modern writers.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • There may be some extra reading or internet research suggested by the tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Most texts will be provided or sent by email. It would be useful to purchase a copy of The Iliad (ideally translated by Robert Fagles)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Topless Towers of Ilium: Timeless Themes in Literature

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