Feb 03

The Trojan War: Myth, Reality, and Beyond (6 Week Course)

Michael Barnes

The myths of the Trojan War have it all—tragedy, grace, revenge, romance, bravery, treachery, and more. They have served as sources of inspiration for nearly 3,000 years, from the earliest Western poetry we have, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, to modern Hollywood. The first half of this course will cover the central myths surrounding the Trojan War, from its infamous cause to its dramatic aftermath. The second half will pick up in the late nineteenth century, when the German businessman-turned-archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann announced to an astonished world that he had discovered the legendary city of Troy. Overnight the Trojan War and its heroes—men and women like Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, Agamemnon, Helen, and King Priam himself—took their first tentative step out of the realm of legend and into the annals of history. What did Schliemann find, and what did it mean? Was the Trojan War real? We’ll look at the latest answers from historical research and modern archaeology, and encounter along the way a host of surprises and twists of fate—many of them worthy of Homer himself!

This class will be held onsite at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.

Six Week Course Schedule:
Thursday, Feb 03 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 10 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 17 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 24 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 03 | 1:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 10 | 1:00 PM



Class Tuition

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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.