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The Iliad

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the story of a crucial 40 days in the 10-year battle for Troy, framed by Achilles' anger first at his leader Agamenmon and then at his enemy Hector.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great epic poem attributed to Homer, telling the story of an intense episode in the Trojan War. It is framed by the wrath of the Greek hero Achilles, insulted by his leader Agamemnon and withdrawing from the battle that continued to rage, only returning when his close friend Patroclus is killed by the Trojan hero Hector. Achilles turns his anger from Agamemnon to Hector and the fated destruction of Troy comes ever closer.


Edith Hall
Professor of Classics at King's College London

Barbara Graziosi
Professor of Classics at Princeton University


Paul Cartledge
A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Greek Culture at Clare College, Cambridge

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

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48 minutes

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Thu 13 Sep 2018 21:30


Edith Hall at King's College London

Paul Cartledge at the University of Cambridge

Barbara Graziosi at Princeton University

‘A Tale of Troy’ by Paul Cartledge - BBC History Magazine

Barbara Graziosi and Anthony Verity on Homer’s Iliad

‘The Trojan War’ by Peter Gainsford – Kiwi Hellenist

The Iliad - Wikipedia



Jonathan S. Burgess, Homer (I.B.Tauris, 2014)

C. Emlyn-Jones, L. Hardwick and J. Purkis (eds), Homer: Readings and Images (Open University/Duckworth, 1992)

Robert Fowler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Homer (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Barbara Graziosi, Homer (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Jasper Griffin, Homer on Life and Death (Oxford University Press, 1983)

Homer (trans. Robert Fagles), The Iliad (Penguin, 1992)

James M. Redfield, Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector (Duke University Press, 1994)

Seth L. Schein, The Mortal Hero: An Introduction to Homer’s Iliad (University of California Press, 1992)

Jenny Strauss Clay, Homer's Trojan Theater: Space, Vision and Memory in the Iliad(Cambridge University Press, 2011)


Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest Paul Cartledge
Interviewed Guest Barbara Graziosi
Producer Simon Tillotson


  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 09:00
  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 21:30

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