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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

Tuesday 24 March 2015

1 Hour


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Author Adam Nicolson gives a passionate explanation of why the great ancient poems of Homer still have so much to say about what it is to be human, to love, lose, grow old and die. He looks at the ancient stories of the Illiad and the Odyssey, which emerged when the forbears of the Greeks were nomadic tribes who clashed with the sophisticated cities of the Mediterranean. He shows how the stories inspired the likes of Keats, and travels to Bosnia, Spain, Troy, Ukraine and Syria to explain why Homer still matters today.

Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment, including The Gentry, When God Spoke English and The Smell of Summer Grass. He is winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the British Topography Prize.