Homer? Who they?

I encourage all the ITLP teachers, full-time and sessional, to make their learning resources available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike flavour of Creative Commons licensing.

Sessional teachers, being mostly post-graduates, tend to move on after a couple of years, and so their successors get the benefit of being able to take what has gone before and update and adapt it to suit their own particular teaching needs. Some documents collect a long list of successive authors and although each adds their name to the version history, it’s never clear who wrote what section. But then, it doesn’t matter; the resources as a whole suit their purpose and everyone benefits.

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicholson - cover image

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson

A long time ago now, I went through a school system which included a classics element. I have forgotten most of my Latin and all of my Greek but I still have a fondness for the epic stories that were used to engage us. So I was attracted to a book The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson. If you know anything about Homer (No, the other one…), you will remember he wrote two ‘books’: The Illiad and The Odyessy. Or did he? I had never thought about it before, but Nicolson (along with many other fascinating ideas)  describes the poems as being the result of countless contributors going back further than the ancient Greeks, as far back as the tribes roaming the great steppes of Asia. Creative Commons at its best!

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