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FS-50100-06Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyRegents of the University of MichiganHomer’s Readers, Ancient and Modern10/1/2006 - 9/30/2008$108,502.00JamesI.Porter   Regents of the University of MichiganAnn ArborMI48109-1382USA2006ClassicsSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs1085020973040

A four-week seminar for fifteen college and university faculty to engage them in a close analysis of the reception of Homer's epic poems, from ancient times to the twentieth century.

I am proposing to host a four-week seminar for fifteen college and university teachers, the aim of which will be to investigate the reasons for the extraordinary standing and the enduring attraction of Homer’s epics from antiquity to the present day. Running through the seminar will be larger scale questions about canons, the classical ideal, reception, cultures of scholarship, and cultural memory. In the place of close readings of poetry, the seminar will provide a chance to do a close reading of history itself through case studies over time, while also serving as an introduction to ancient and modern perspectives on Homer.