Category: HOM

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Homer: Episode 5

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In this episode of Homer, Dr. Fleming discusses the value of the Greek religion from a cultural perspective, and begins to describe the qualities of the gods.

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Homer: Episode 4

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In this episode of Homer, Dr. Fleming discusses various episodes in the Iliad and their particular resonances. He also goes on to discuss the overall structure of the work and how little the “main story” occupies the majority of the work.

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Homer: Episode 3

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Homeric epic poems were not originally written but preserved by a tradition of  oral composition that made these stories easier to recite (and remember). To appreciate the brilliant technique, it is useful to understand dactylic hexameter, which is used throughout the Iliad, as well as how the various “homeric” texts came down into the texts we know today as the Iliad and the Odyssey.

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Homer: Episode 2

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In this episode, Dr. Fleming gives a brief history of Greece to give more context for the opening of the Iliad, pre-Mycenean and Mycenean periods, the dark age, and beyond.

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Homer: Episode 1

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In this episode, Dr. Fleming explains the purpose of this series and how the Greeks read Homer: both as scripture and as history.