A Dream of Deception: Homer's Iliad 2

A Dream of Deception: Homer's Iliad 2

Course Description: Still smarting from his foolish and destructive quarrel with Achilles, Agamemnon receives a surprising new glimmer of hope: a divine dream that seems to promise him swift victory in the long war with the Trojans. Little does he know that he is being divinely duped by Zeus! In this Greek reading course, we will cover most of book 2 of the Iliad (about 570 lines total). Although we will not cover the Catalogue of Ships in great detail, some festive bonus sessions will be arranged for reading it! While this is an ongoing Homeric reading group, new participants are always most welcome.


Level: Upper intermediate to advanced students.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. Recommended: M.M. Willcock, Homer: Iliad I-XII (Bristol Press, 1998)

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Sundays, 9:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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Marcello Lippiello

Marcello Lippiello has been participating in the Telepaideia program since its inception over a decade ago. In his 8 years as an instructor for Paideia, he has accumulated well over 1000 hours of live video instruction experience, covering a range of topics, from introductory courses for both languages (using a variety of textbooks) to reading courses in Homer and the New Testament, to practice groups for advanced speakers of Latin.

He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Theology from Fordham University. He has long had an interest in conversational Latin, earning a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies from the University of Kentucky's Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis in 2005, along with master's degrees in classical languages and classical studies from Kentucky and from Duke University. He is also a two-time alumnus of Paideia's Living Greek in Greece Program (where he played Tiresias in the Bacchae), and has participated in many other conversational Greek and Latin workshops through the University of Kentucky, the Polis Institute, and through SALVI, such as the Synodos Hellenike and Rusticatio. He has taught undergraduate college courses in all levels of Latin and Greek at several institutions, including Christendom College in Virginia and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He lives with his family in Danbury, Connecticut.