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Search: Colloquium 7 (Fall 2019)

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Philadelphia.Twombly.1978.Achaeans_in_Battle    Philadelphia.Twombly.1978.Ilians_in_Battle

Fifty Days at Iliam by Cy Twombly

Achaeans in Battle (H: 299.7 × W: 379.7 cm)
Ilians in Battle (H: 299.7 × W: 379.7 cm)
Oil, oil crayon, and graphite on canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia


Iliad 9-12

Topic of Discussion

At the opening of Iliad 9, we find Agamemnon in despair. He assembles the leaders of the Argives and again suggests that they return home. How is this situation different from the time in Iliad 2? Just as we see the dynamics among the gods at work in their councils, so, too, we can see how the Achaeans have organized themselves when the leaders assemble. What do these councils (both among the leaders and the entire contingent of Achaean warriors) as we have seen in Iliad 1, 2, now in 9, and again in 10 suggest about the social and political structure of the expedition? In Iliad 11 the fighting resumes and now the Achaeans are the besieged, not the Trojans, and one by one the chieftains, Agamemnon, Diomedes, and Odysseus, suffer wounds and withdraw from combat. In 12.310-338 Sarpedon and Glaukos discuss the responsibilities of those who lead. How do their observations shape your understanding of the assemblies and the behavior of the chieftains among the Greeks and of the principle defenders of Troy?


September 9
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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