Summer School in Homer 2019
UK - Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July 2019
The Summer School offers five days of intensive teaching of Homeric language and literature. There will be four language classes each day as well as lectures, between 10.30 and 16.30. The course is not residential.
Teaching will be generally in groups of 15-20 people which, as far as possible, comprise students of roughly the same level of experience (beginners, intermediate or advanced). The style of teaching is friendly, but demanding: a lot of work is expected from students during the School, but they should find the whole experience both stimulating and valuable. Some classes concentrate chiefly on reading texts, while others offer a mixture of grammar and translation practice. Our tutors include some of the most experienced and talented teachers of Classics in the London area and beyond.
Programme for classes of the UK Summer School
- Beginners Greek*
Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 1-50.
- Intermediate Greek*
Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 41-110.
- Advanced Greek*
- Linear B*
On the footsteps of Homer: The discovery of the Aegean Bronze Age
- Introduction to the course and course structure
- The father founders of Aegean Archaeology
- Aegean pre-history or history? When written evidence matters (?)
- Archaeology and text: The decipherment of LB
- LB tablets classification system: Museums and collections as modern 'Palaces'
Activity: Brush up on LB with flashcards!
Writing before Homer: The LB Writing System
- LB from a linguistic perspective:The LB sign inventory, spelling rules, palaeographic variants and scribal hands
- LB tablets as material objects (pinacology): Tablet format and layout as reflective of administrative practice
- Reading session: What do texts tell us? How to get silent texts to speak. A jump into Mycenaean economy, society & religion
Activity: Make your own Linear B tablet!
Digging out the Homeric world: The archaeological context of LB
- Wandering around the Aegean: The find-places of LB tablets
- Tablet deposits and their chronology
- What does a LB 'archive' look like?
- Reading se ssion: 'Across space and time'. Reading illustrative sets of tablets from geographically and chronologically different deposits
Activity: 'Mycenopoly’ (board game based on LB find-places and tablet deposits; courtesy of Dr. Anna P. Judson)
How much did Homer know? Matching LB evidence and the Homeric text
- Homeric references to an ancient past (Bronze and Iron Age)
- Burning question:Is Homer a historical source?
- How to make use of the Homeric data?
- How to incorporate the LB evidence?
- Beyond Greek: Homeric description of ancient Crete (& reading bits of Linear A)
- Reading session: Texts that relate to the Homeric background, Gods, names in Mycenaean and their classical Greek counterparts
Activity: Beyond Linear B, make your own Linear A tablet!
What does an outsider look like? The 'Aegeans' from external sources
- Stepping out of the Aegean: Egyptian and Hittite Sources
- References to trade on LB documents?
- An 'Aegean' cargo: The Uluburun shipwreck
- Reading sessions: Tablets with references to trade and external places
Activity:Become a Mycenologist!
LB hands-on session at the British Museum and visit to the Aegean Bronze Age collection
- Homer in Translation and his Roman Legacy†
Themes: the gods and goddesses, women, heroism, aristeia, kleos, the Homeric question, Penelope, Helen, and Achilles and Hector. Reception of all the above themes in other modes of representation such as novelisations, cinema, modern poetry etc.
Texts: Odyssey 4-12 and 18-22 and Iliad 6, 18, 22 and 24.
- Ancient Philosophy and Homer†
Monday 23 July: Early Greek Philosophy
Heraclitus, Xenophanes, Early allegorical interpretations of Homer, The Sophists
Tuesday 24 July: Plato
Ion, Hippias Minor
Wednesday 25 July: Plato
Thursday 26 July: Plato
Friday 27 July: Aristotle
Homeric Problems, Poetics
- Papyrology and Homer†
Monday 23 July:
- Introduction to Papyrology
- Introduction to Homeric Papyri
- Overview: Punctuation and Lectional Signs in Literary Papyri
Tuesday 24 July:
Selection of published Homeric Papyri:
- Palaeography and Dating
- Geographical excursus
Wednesday 25 July:
- Homer and school texts;
- Group work on published papyri.
Thursday 26 July:
- Group work on published papyri.
- further details TBA
Friday 27 July:
- Group work on published papyri;
- Latin Palaeography and Homer†
This course will introduce the history of Latin scripts from ancient Rome down to the invention of printing. There will be presentations on the scripts themselves, and on the manuscript books that ensured the transmission of classical texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance. These will be supplemented by a display of actual writing materials, encouraging discussions on the materiality of the books and their writing materials, and the impact that this had both on the handwriting and on the preservation of the books. Much of the time will be spent on practical transcription exercises, learning to decipher a variety of scripts ranging from the capital letters used in the age of Augustus to the more challenging cursive handwriting of some medieval periods. Wherever possible, the texts transcribed will have a Homeric theme. Participants should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of Latin in order to participate fully in the transcription exercises. Non-Latinists can be admitted at the discretion of the course tutor.
* language course / † literature course / ⁂ practical course
Programme for classes of the Cyprus Summer School
- Monday 30 July - Homer's Legacy in Modern Greek and British WWI Poetry
10.00-11.00 Cavafy's Homer (Iliad)
11.30-12.30 Cavafy's Homer (Odyssey)
2.00-3.00: Homer in the poetry of Patrick Shaw Stuart
3.15-4.00: Homer and Isaac Rosenberg
- Wednesday 1 August - Homer's Legacy in TV, Film, Novels and Translations
10.00-11.00 Hero, heroism and super heroes
2.00-3.00 Homer in film
3.15-4.00 Translating Homer
Programme, Cost and Application form
- The provisional programme for the Summer School in Homer can be found for the UK and Cyprus. Please note: this programme is still subject to change.
- The cost of the Summer School is £120. This includes all tuition, but not accommodation or travel expenses.
The Summer School in Homer caters for school and university students, and for anyone else who wishes to learn Homeric Greek, or to revive their knowledge of it. Potential participants will include: students with no prior knowledge of the language; pre-GCSE/GCSE and A-Level students; university students; mature applicants who wish to expand their knowledge of the Homeric epics. Our principal concern is to provide a thorough programme of language learning in a lively university environment.
The Director, Dr Antony Makrinos
The Summer School in Homer
c/o Department of Greek and Latin
University College London
- Email email@example.com
- Watch an interview with Dr Antony Makrinos on the Summer School in Homer.
- Four bursaries worth £120 each are available courtesy of the Classical Association.
- One travel grant worth £100 is available courtesy of the Hellenic Society.
- Two travel grants worth £50 each are available courtesy of the Summer School in Homer 2018.
- How to find us
University College London's Bloomsbury campus is located close to Euston station. A map of the campus and information on individual venues can be found here.
- We are well served by public transport. Information on local bus and tube services can be found here.
The Summer School is non-residential. However, students who require somewhere to stay can (subject to availability) arrange accommodation in a University of London Hall of Residence. Details of prices, availability and information on how to book can be found here. Additionally, places may be available in a UCL Hall of Residence. Further information about UCL Residences can be found here.