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Late Summer Lectures: Homer and History: the Mycenaean Roots of the Iliad

18th September 2012, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, Durham, George Gazis (Department of Classics and Ancient History)

The Late Summer Lectures (LSLS) is a series organised in Durham and Newcastle to foster interest in the Arts and Humanities. For more information on the LSLS, please visit our Facebook Page:

The same lecture will also be presented at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle, the following day.

This lecture is concerned with the problematic relation of the great Homeric epic of the Iliad with any actual historic events that might have taken place in the Greek Bronze Age. My main focus will be the examination of those elements of the Iliad that can be safely traced back in the Mycenaean era followed by a discussion of the implications created regarding any historical perceptions of the epic.

It will be the aim of this lecture to explore the historic amalgam the Iliad presents and try to separate and examine the Mycenaean elements in the text, starting from the obvious ones and gradually moving to the most difficult to identify. Hopefully the lecture will rouse the interest of a non specialist audience for the Homeric epics, the early civilisations of Greek Bronze Age and the mysteries they still bestow among Classicists and Archaeologists alike.

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