The Department of Classics

H3: HOMERathon3

A Non-Stop Performance of Homer's Iliad.

5-6 OCTOBER 2010

THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS, WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST, THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE, AND THE BROOKS COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, CELEBRATES THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROGRAM IN CLASSICS WITH H3: HOMERATHON3 - THE THIRD RUNNING OF THE HOMERATHON, A NON-STOP PERFORMANCE OF HOMER’S ILIAD.

 
BEGINS 4:00 PM TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, AND CONCLUDES WITH STANLEY LOMBARDO PERFORMING HIS OWN CELEBRATED TRANSLATION AT 1:00 PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010. ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE IN COOK-DEWITT CENTER AND ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
  • Begins 4:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Cook-DeWitt Lounge
  • Midnight pizza break, sponsored by the Classics Society
  • Invocation of Rosy-Fingered Dawn at 7:46 AM Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Cook Carillon Plaza
  • Stanley Lombardo concludes the Iliad by performing his own celebrated translation at 1:00 PM Wednesday in Cook-DeWitt Auditorium. A reception follows.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GVSU’s Department of Classics Stages “H3: HOMERathon3”: A Non-Stop, All-Night Performance of Homer’s Iliad

Following upon the great success of the original HOMERathon, a non-stop performance of Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, in March of 2007, and The HOMERathon Reloaded, a performance of Homer’s equally epic sequel, the Odyssey, in October of 2008, GVSU’s Department of Classics is returning to the original for the third running of the event - H3: HOMERathon3 - at Cook-DeWitt Center on October 5-6.

Homer: Iliad. Translated by Stanley Lombardo (Hackett Publishing).
Homer: Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett)

The Iliad, the earliest work of Western literature, is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece. Recounting the struggles within the Greek armies besieging the fabled city of Troy, the poem describes the fateful consequences that arise once the greatest warrior on the Greek side, Achilles, withdraws from the fighting.

Bargaining with Zeus, the father of the gods himself, and with the lives of his fellow-soldiers, Achilles pays a terrible price for his choices and, in the shattering conclusion of the poem, becomes reconciled with Priam, the aged king of Troy, as the war rages onward:

“Respect the gods, Achilles. / Think of your own father, and pity me. / I am more pitiable. I have borne what no man / Who has walked this earth has ever yet borne. / I have kissed the hand of the man who killed my son.”

(Homer: Iliad, translated by Stanley Lombardo [Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.: 1997], p. 483.)

Acclaimed poet and translator STANLEY LOMBARDO will reprise his appearances in both of the preceding HOMERathons by returning to the Cook-DeWitt Auditorium and concluding the poem and the event by performing his own celebrated translation, which will be featured throughout the event.

Hundreds of students at Grand Valley study the Homeric epics every year, and the HOMERathons offer an unparalleled opportunity for them to experience these poems in an approximation of the circumstances in which they were originally performed.

The Department of Classics gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Provost Gayle Davis, together with Dean Frederick Antczak of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean of Students Bart Merkle, and Dean Wendy Wenner of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

H3: HOMERathon3 begins at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, and continues throughout the night and on Wednesday morning, October 6. It concludes with Stanley Lombardo performing his own celebrated translation of the twenty-fourth and final book of the poem at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6.

The event will take place in Cook-DeWitt Center on GVSU’s Allendale campus. It is free and open to the public.

 

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas.  A native of New Orleans, he has a B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Stanley Lombardo
Stanley Lombardo

Professor Lombardo’s celebrated translations of Greek poetry include Homer’s Iliad (Hackett Publishing, 1997; reviewed in the New York Times, 7/20/97; recipient of the Byron Caldwell Book Award; performed by Aquila Theatre Company at Lincoln Center, 1999); Homer’s Odyssey (Hackett, 2000; reviewed in the New York Times, 7/09/00, and a New York Times Book of the Year).  He has also published translations of Plato, Hesiod, Parmenides, Empedocles, Aratus, Horace, Virgil’s Aeneid (Hackett, 2005), and Dante’s Inferno (Hackett, 2008).  His translation of Sappho was a finalist for the 2003 PEN Literary Award for translation, and in 2010 he was awarded the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities for his translations of Homer and Virgil.  He also maintains an interest in Asian philosophy and has co-authored, with Stephen Addiss, a translation of the Tao Te Ching (Hackett, 1993).  He has recently completed a translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Hackett, 2010).

In addition to his past performances at GVSU, Professor Lombardo has given dramatic readings of his translations on campuses throughout the country, as well as at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Poetry Center and on C-SPAN and National Public Radio.  His own CD recording of the Iliad (Parmenides Publishing, 2006) won the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award and the USA BookNews Best Books Award for 2006, and the Benjamin Franklin Award for audio non-fiction in 2007.

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