Night FYP Lecture Series

Reviving Homeric Epic : Oral Performance, Verse Storytelling, and a Canadian Iliad

Dr. Jack Michell

Homeric poetry was a poetry of live performance. Even before the Iliad and Odyssey took shape, episodes in the Trojan war were the bread and butter of travelling storytellers across the Greek world. But what was the experience of oral epic like? Jack Mitchell, a professor of Classics at Dalhousie, has twice toured Canada with a performative epic poem of his own, directly inspired by the Greek rhapsodes. On Wednesday, 13 September, you have the unique opportunity to hear performative narrative poetry in English, as Dr. Mitchell will perform his dramatic poem about The Plains of Abraham, the battle between the forces of Montcalm and Wolfe that ended the 1759 Siege of Quebec. The lecture is free and open to the public.