Homer’s Iliad in lecture at Beloit College

BELOIT—Beloit College Prof. Kosta Hadavas will give a lecture on Homer’s Iliad at noon, Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Morse Library, in the north lounge, lower level. This talk, titled “Homer’s Iliad: the History of the Text from Papyri to Early Printed Editions,” will focus on the origins of the text in both oral and written traditions, from 1200 B.C. to 150 B.C. He will also explore the different forms of the text throughout history, from papyrus scroll to codex, ending with the first printed editions. A six-book edition of the Iliad, translated by Alexander Pope and published between 1715-1720, will accompany the talk as part of the ongoing rare books exhibit at the library. Hadavas is an associate professor of classics at Beloit College. He received his B.A. at Oberlin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This talk is free and open to the public. It coincides with the current collection of more than 30 rare books and documents on loan from The Remnant Trust, which will be exhibited through Dec. 8. For more information on the books or on the series of public presentations, call the Robert Morse Library at (608) 363-2481.

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