The 17th Australian Humanities Academy annual Trendall Lecture in Classical Studies will be given by Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce:
My intention in this lecture is to look afresh at the social and cultural factors which helped shape the creation of the Homeric epics, and more generally the socio-cultural environment in which they were first performed. Homer's contemporary world lay at the interface of the broader Near Eastern and Greek worlds, and elements of both were built into the fabric of his compositions. The lecture will take into account the dynamic changes that occurred in both these worlds from the Bronze Age through the Classical era, and lead to a number of conclusions about the nature of the audiences before whom the epics were performed, and the extent to which changing social and political ideologies helped determine their reception in succeeding ages. There will also be some exploration of the connections and contrasts between the Homeric poems and the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic on the one hand, and the Roman Virgilian epic, the Aeneid, on the other. The Iliad and the Odyssey lie at a mid-point, both chronological and geographical, between them.
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