Lunch hour lectures repository Spring 2009
- Does rule learning make us human?
- The man who invented the concept of pi: William Jones and his circle
- President Obama and America in the World: from inauguration to action
- The Reception of Homer in Byzantium
- Photodynamic Therapy: using light in a gentle approach to cancer therapy by remote control
- One World Week
- Still no black in the union jack
- Darwin Day
- Modelling how water vapour absorbs light
- Children and the environment: independence or obesity?
- Physiology on top of the world - Xtreme Everest
- The future of Brazil
- Sorry, can you say that again..?
- One person households - a resource time bomb?
- Mimicking tissue growth: towards customised, while-you-wait tissue fabrication
- What have the lawyers ever done for us? Law, culture and international agricultural trade
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The Reception of Homer in Byzantium
3 December 2008
Dr Antony Makrinos (UCL Greek & Latin)
Homer has always been an influential poet. The texts of the Iliad and the Odyssey have been part of people’s entertainment and education for years from antiquity to Roman times. However, during the Byzantine times, the Christians study their own “classical” writers. But does this mean that the Homeric texts were not favourably received and lost their educational importance in Byzantine classrooms? Scholars disagree on the nature of the role the Homeric texts played in Byzantine education. The lecture will explore the issue drawing on the case of Eustathius Homeric Commentaries and the use of allegorical interpretation for the teaching of Homer to a Christian audience.
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