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Events Thu May 22 2014

Northwestern University Shares The "Terrible Beauty" of The Iliad

Make this Memorial Day especially memorable by watching the sun rise along the lake while listening to the "terrible beauty" of one of poetry's most enduring works. It might be a little short notice, but with a three-day weekend looming, you can probably find the time to head out to Evanston on Friday night for an all-night reading of Homer's The Iliad. Inspired by The Readers of Homer and hosted by Northwestern University's Classics Department, the marathon (hey, that's Greek, too!) reading of the epic poem will be held at the James Roscoe Miller Campus, more commonly known as The Lakefill. You can join the audience for free, but the readers, who are members of the Northwestern community, have already been selected.

The reading of The Iliad will begin at 10pm, and will likely last until dawn. Performers and guests will gather at the Lakefill's firepit. The night kicks off at 6pm with "The Iliad Across Time, Translation, and Imagination" at Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston. Both events are sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Alumnae of Northwestern University, and the Graduate Classics Cluster. Please call 847-491-7597 for more info.

 
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