Department of Greek & Latin


Summer School in Homer 2021

Summer School in Homer 2021
Programme for classes of the Summer School in Homer 2021

Al information below is subject to change.  

Beginners Greek*

Book: "A Reading Course in Homeric Greek, Book 1 - by Raymond V. Schoder, S. J and Vincent C. Horrigan, S.J. - revised, with additional materials by Leslie Collins Edwards".

Pages 1-45, 52-54, 59-62, 66-68, 76-82 and 103-107 (i.e. Lessons 1-17, 20, 22, 24, 27-28, 32-33)

These pages cover:

- the alphabet and punctuation

- 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions

- Present and Imperfect Active and Middle/Passive

- Present Imperative, Infinitive, Participles Active and Middle/Passive

- Intensive and Demonstrative Pronouns and Adjectives

- 1st and 2nd personal pronouns

Intermediate Greek*

Book: A reading course in Homeric Greek, Book 1, 3rd edition (revised), by Raymond V. Schoder, S. J. and Vincent C. Horrigan, S.J. [https://solggreek.weebly.com/uploads/4/6/0/3/46039539/a_reading_course_in_homeric_greek_book_1_-_raymond_schoder.pdf]

 Lessons: 18-19, 21, 23, 25-26, 29-31, 34-45, 49-50, 57 (i.e. pages: 46-51, 55-58, 63-65, 69-75, 83-102, 108-148, 158-164, 183-185)

 These lessons cover:

  • The Present Subjunctive and Optative, Active/Middle
  • The Future System
  • Participles
  • First, Second and Third Aorist: Indicative, Subjunctive, Optative, Imperative, Infinitive, and Participle Active/Middle
  • Perfect and Pluperfect Indicative Active
  • Relative Pronoun and Relative clauses
  • Interrogative and Indefinite pronouns/adjectives
  • 3rd personal pronoun
  • Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
Advanced Greek 1*

The class will cover Iliad 16. Based on previous experience, the advanced group should be able to get through nearly just over 600 lines. Around 120 lines a day is about right for reading, translation and discussion.

Comparative Literature and Homer†

In the beginning was the eposThe Iliadand The Odyssey lie at the root of Western literature, philosophy, ethics, and cultural identity. Since their mysterious beginnings they have never ceased to captivate our imagination, interrogate our thought, and influence our culture. Indeed, Homer’s poems are also a mythos, a ‘story’ and a ‘word’ that is constantly retold, reinvented, expanded and weaved into other stories. This endless storytelling is like a fishing net dragged along history. Each time it is cast into the sea, it picks up the values, beliefs, hopes, and ideas of a specific author or community, trapping them in the tangles of its narrative. The purpose of this course is to explore and discuss some of these moments, disclosing how and why Homer’s words resonate through the centuries. To do this the course will adopt a comparative approach: we will discuss ten broad themes, devoting two hours to each of them. In the first hour we will look at how each of these questions originates in The Iliador in The Odyssey, examining them in the context of Homer’s work. In the second hour we will analyse how each of those questions is addressed and revisited by later writers, philosophers, poets, and historians. This comparative exercise will allow us to reveal both the similarities and differences between Homer’s poems and later works, and to explore how the same questions are articulated through different times and places. The Iliadand The Odysseyare indeed the quintessential classics, and each classic is first and foremost a survivor, a work that lives on because it has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.

Homer and Ancient Philosophy

Is Homer a philosopher? What can he teach us about the world we live in? Why is the power of Homer’s poetry so irresistible? Why were ancient philosophers so interested in Homeric poetry and its influence on the Greek world?


This course seeks to find an answer to these and other questions by investigating the relationship between Homer and ancient philosophy. We will approach the issue from two different perspectives. First, we will examine selected passages of Homer that are of philosophical significance, in particular on issues such as ethics, human knowledge, the relationship between gods and mortals, and conceptions of the soul and the afterlife. Then, we will focus on the reception, analysis and even appropriation of Homeric poetry on the part of ancient philosophers, ranging from early Greek to Hellenistic philosophy. 


The course is in translation and open to anyone interested in Homeric poetry and ancient philosophy. No prior knowledge of ancient philosophy is required. Returning students who already attended the course in the past years will find new and exciting opportunities to enquire into the interactions between Homer and philosophy.

Homer from Translation - Reception of Homer† 

Themes: the gods and goddesses, women, heroism, aristeia, kleos, the Homeric question, Penelope, Helen, and Achilles and Hector. There will also be classes on reception of Homer in Renaissance and in all the above themes in other modes of representation such as novelisations, cinema, modern poetry etc.

Modern Greek for Beginners

Details coming soon. 

*language course / † literature course / ⁂ practical course

Programme, Cost and Application form

  • The provisional programme for the Summer School in Homer is now available. Please note: this programme is still subject to change.
  • The cost of the Summer School is £130. This includes all tuition.

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.

Enquiries: please email the Summer School.

All completed application forms should be returned no later than Monday 26th July 2021, to Dr Antony Makrinos, Director of the Summer School in Homer, homersummerschool@ucl.ac.uk.

  • Watch an interview with Dr Antony Makrinos on the Summer School in Homer.

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