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Festival of Homer – debate: was Achilles a Hero or just a Very Naughty Boy?
June 16, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm$30 – $40
The wrath of Achilles is the central theme of Homer’s Iliad. But what kind of person is Achilles? The character presented by Homer is complex and multi-faceted. It is one of Homer’s great strengths that his characters are open to multiple interpretations. TICKETS HERE
On the one hand, Achilles is the greatest of the Greek warriors. His participation in the fighting is crucial for Greek success. At the same time, he is a ruthless killer, who makes the River Scamander flow red with the blood of his victims and who not only kills his enemy Hector, but then disrespects his body in front of his family.
Our debaters – Dr Steven Curry, Dr Chris Mackie, Dr Chris Gribbin (our Festival Director), and Dr Annabel Orchard – will try to make sense of the complex character of Achilles as they debate whether he was glorious warrior or a self-centred psychopath. Then we hand it over to you to ask our debaters some questions before you cast your vote to decide the matter once and for all.
The debate will be followed by a presentation from Humanities 21’s winner and runner-up in the 2017 Homer Competition. These Year 9 students will present their original Homeric poetry.
$100 Festival pass – full price
$90 Festival pass – concession
$80 Festival pass – Humanities 21 member
CLICK HERE to view the full program of the Festival of Homer.