Let Me First Do Some Great Thing: The Iliad - ii Salon

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David McDougall and Tommy Collison introduce the Salon series and lead a discussion of Homer’s monumental work, the Iliad

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In the first Salon of the Reading the Greats series, ii Hosts Tommy Collison and David McDougall discuss The Iliad and its relevance to our contemporary lives.

“My doom has come upon me; let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” -- The Iliad, Book 22.

David McDougall and Tommy Collison introduce the Salon series and lead a discussion of Homer’s monumental work, The Iliad. One of the oldest pieces of Western literature, the epic details the fateful clash between Agamemnon and Achilles.

This Salon will touch on the key themes of The Iliad: wrath, pride, glory, hubris -- noting that classic literature often contains the intellectual ancestors of modern ideas.

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You are invited but not required to do some or all of the readings in advance. We have suggested a longer primary reading and shorter/lighter ancillary readings. On occasion, we’ll mention other longer works that might come up in the discussion.

We expect (and hope!) that you'll find the Salon engaging and rewarding even with little to no familiarity of books under discussion.

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    • Book 1 (Agamemnon and Achilles)
    • Book 6 (Hector leaves for battle)
    • Book 18 (Achilles mourns for Patroclus)
    • Book 22 (Hector and Achilles)
    • Book 24 (Priam and Achilles)
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