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CLA 118 — The Iliad

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 18—Nov 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 20
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Marsh McCall
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 18—Nov 15
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 20
1 Unit
Marsh McCall
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The Iliad is a monumental poem of war, heroism, loss, and death, in which many of the profoundest issues of the human condition are explored in poetry that is both beautiful and brutal. We will learn about the epic tradition, the question of Homer’s very existence, and the ways in which the poem has survived to our age. The central purpose of our course, however, is to become as deeply familiar with the characters and themes of the poem as possible. The Iliad has defied any final interpretation since it was created, but using the Lattimore and Fagles translations we will do our best to get as close to this towering text as we can.

This is the first course in a three-course sequence on the greatest epic poems from ancient Greece and Rome. This sequence explores the Iliad (Fall 2021), Odyssey (Fall 2022), and Aeneid (Fall 2023). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Professor Emeritus of Classics; Founder and Dean Emeritus of Continuing Studies, Stanford

Marsh McCall has taught at Stanford since 1976. He has received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, the annual Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Alumni Association’s Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to Stanford, and the Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievements in Teaching in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore, The Iliad of Homer (ISBN 0226470490)
(Required) Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, The Iliad (ISBN 0140275363)