Professor Helen Lovatt, Department of Classics, gives this inaugural lecture discussing how ancient epic uses the idea of the journey, and how these journeys were used in later cultures.
Epic heroes, from Jason to Aeneas and the Seven Against Thebes, undertake perilous journeys to reach glory. But epic women just get in the way. The journey can be a metaphor for life, a career or a narrative. How does myth change as it travels? What different meanings can the idea of the journey convey? How do journeys define the epic genre? Why is Greek and Roman epic poetry still relevant today?
Free, all welcome.
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