Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context

 

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dc.contributor.author Whitaker, Richard en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-30T13:48:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-30T13:48:24Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Whitaker, R. 2013. <i>Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context</i> [OER].University of Cape Town, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127
dc.description.abstract For anyone interested in learning more about the interpretation and translation of Homer's epic in a South African context. A lecture series by Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker, translator, writer, freelance travel writer. Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, which tells the tale of Troy, has been continuously loved, read and translated for two and a half thousand years. This course will explain why the poem has achieved classic status, and then will explore the poem in a South African context. After an introduction to the archaic Greek world of Homer and the epic, it will look at the plot and major themes of the Iliad, analysing aspects such as the nature of the hero, heroic values and the representation of women. Translation is a vital part of the Iliad’s history, as most readers have always read the epic in translation. The course will compare selected passages in English translations by Alexander Pope (1720), Christopher Logue (War Music, 1959–2005) and the lecturer’s recent southern African version (2012) to show that every translation is an interpretation. Using the lecturer’s own translation, the course will demonstrate how the Iliad can be understood in the light of South Africa’s present and past. Similarities will be drawn between the world of the epic and aspects of South African society, such as the assessment of bride-price in cattle and poetic praise singing as a central way in which a person’s identity survives into the future in an oral culture. LECTURE TITLES: 1. Homer and the Iliad: Where? When? How?; 2. ‘Muse sing the anger of Achilles’: the plot of the Iliad; 3. Major themes of the epic: gods and heroes, life and death; 4. The Iliad in English: translation as interpretation; 5. Understanding the Iliad in a southern African context. Recommended reading: * Griffin, J. 1980. Homer on Life and Death. Oxford: Clarendon Press. * Steiner, G. 1996. Homer in English. London: Penguin. * Whitaker, R. 2012. The Iliad of Homer: a Southern African Translation. Cape Town: New Voices. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
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dc.subject.other classics en_ZA
dc.subject.other history en_ZA
dc.subject.other Homer en_ZA
dc.subject.other Iliad en_ZA
dc.subject.other literature en_ZA
dc.title Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Whitaker, R. (2013). Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context [OER]. University of Cape Town, Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Whitaker, Richard. (2013). "Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context." Lecture presented at University of Cape Town. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Whitaker R. Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context [OER]. University of Cape Town, provided on lecture given 2014-07-30T13:48:24Z [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Open Education Resource AU - Whitaker, Richard AB - For anyone interested in learning more about the interpretation and translation of Homer's epic in a South African context. A lecture series by Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker, translator, writer, freelance travel writer. Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, which tells the tale of Troy, has been continuously loved, read and translated for two and a half thousand years. This course will explain why the poem has achieved classic status, and then will explore the poem in a South African context. After an introduction to the archaic Greek world of Homer and the epic, it will look at the plot and major themes of the Iliad, analysing aspects such as the nature of the hero, heroic values and the representation of women. Translation is a vital part of the Iliad’s history, as most readers have always read the epic in translation. The course will compare selected passages in English translations by Alexander Pope (1720), Christopher Logue (War Music, 1959–2005) and the lecturer’s recent southern African version (2012) to show that every translation is an interpretation. Using the lecturer’s own translation, the course will demonstrate how the Iliad can be understood in the light of South Africa’s present and past. Similarities will be drawn between the world of the epic and aspects of South African society, such as the assessment of bride-price in cattle and poetic praise singing as a central way in which a person’s identity survives into the future in an oral culture. LECTURE TITLES: 1. Homer and the Iliad: Where? When? How?; 2. ‘Muse sing the anger of Achilles’: the plot of the Iliad; 3. Major themes of the epic: gods and heroes, life and death; 4. The Iliad in English: translation as interpretation; 5. Understanding the Iliad in a southern African context. Recommended reading: * Griffin, J. 1980. Homer on Life and Death. Oxford: Clarendon Press. * Steiner, G. 1996. Homer in English. London: Penguin. * Whitaker, R. 2012. The Iliad of Homer: a Southern African Translation. Cape Town: New Voices. DA - 2013-02 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2013 T1 - Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context TI - Homer's Epic, 'The Iliad': a world classic in a South African context UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/4127 ER - en_ZA


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