What Price Glory?  Homer, Iliad I

What Price Glory? Homer, Iliad I

Course Description

Course Description: There is no one the world over who has not heard of the fame of the legendary Achilles, nor of the incomparable poet who sang his adamantine wrath. In this Homeric reading group, we shall read most of book 1 of the Iliad, an amazingly constructed mini-epic all its own. Class time will be devoted to reading out loud and translating Homer, along with discussing the greater themes therein as they come up. The reading will give us constant occasion for review of Homeric forms and vocabulary, along with copious opportunities to compare these with standard Attic diction. While this is an ongoing reading group, new participants are always heartily welcome, especially now as we embark upon a new adventure of reading epic.


Level: Upper intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Ancient Greek.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. Recommended: 1) M.M. Willcock, Iliad I-XII, Bristol Classical Press/Macmillan. 2) Seth L. Schein, Iliad I. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, 2022. 3) Allen Rogers Benner, Selections from Homer's Iliad. In the public domain.

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

Sundays, 8pm 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.