The series Homer's Poetic Justice formally ended on May 5,1999 but the site will remain open for browsing for an indefinite period. Please check out our new series, Homeric Odyssey and the Cultivation of Justice, which begins February 7, 2000. -- The HPJ teaching staff.
Updated 5/17/99, 1:14pm: Several participants asked to see the feedback we received for the series, so I've whipped up a quick year-end report here. Thanks to everybody who submitted comments and suggestions! We really appreciated them, and hope to revamp the site in the future. -Tom
Updated 5/3/99 8:40am: There is now a feedback form on the Feedback page! Please give us your comments on Homer's Poetic Justice.
Welcome to "Homer's Poetic Justice", an online lecture and discussion series organized and led by Professor Gregory Nagy, the current Chair of the Department of Classics at Harvard University, and aided by section leaders drawn from a number of disciplines in and about Harvard. "Homer's Poetic Justice" is a four-week exploration of the concepts of justice,law, and morality as experienced by the heroes (and audiences) of Homer's Iliad. Enrollment is free and without charge, and open to any interested applicant, though the course will be limited to the first 1200 who register.
The series will feature a small but intensive body of readings taken from Homer's Iliad (in the beautiful English translation of Samuel Butler), four 10-minute lectures by the professor [through RealVideo], other video materials and dialogues, on-line 'chat', and message boards. Previous experience with Ancient Greek Literature is emphatically not required, and new-comers to Homer are heartily encouraged to sign-up! There are no prerequisites for this course, and all materials are available in English over the internet. To repeat, knowledge of Greek is not required.
Registration begins on March 16th and continue until April 15th, and the course itself will commence on Monday, April 5. Readings for the first week may be found here.