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Community Reading - The Iliad

Sun, 2 Dec, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The words of Homer’s epic poem were originally performed aloud to rapt audiences who sat spellbound by tales of kings and heroes, battles and sorrow. Relive the experience of this ancient Greek oral tradition by participating in a daylong marathon reading of The Iliad. Four hundred readers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join this unique opportunity to bring alive the thrilling tale of the Trojan War and to enjoy the experience of reading poetry aloud.

Anyone may participate, and no special training is required. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A week prior to the event, readers will be emailed their 20-30 lines (2-3 minutes) of text and are encouraged to read them as they wish (i.e. in a foreign language, as a song, in a family group). All interpretations welcome!

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$5 Portland Art Museum Members
$5 College Students
$15 Adult non-members*
Free 17 and under
Free PSU Students
*Includes admission that day to The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece.


This program is presented in association with the The Readers of Homer, a nonprofit organization that stages public readings of Homer’s epics around the world.

Major support provided by the Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University. Additional support provided by the University of Portland, Reed College, Willamette University, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Literary Arts and EllinikoTheatro.

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