Why Homer Matters: Reading the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey' Today - featuring Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

What makes the magnificent epic poems of the ancient Greek poet Homer still relevant to our contemporary world? How can his masterpieces the Iliad and Odyssey help us make sense of some of the greatest cultural, political, and social problems we face? In this presentation, Professor Luzzi will explore the magnificent world of Homeric epic in relation to such contemporary issues as the effects of endless war, the nature of honor and the costs of ambition, the claims of fame, and the idea of home itself.