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Anger, politics, death: Revisiting Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ through a modern lens

Illustration to the Iliad by John Michael Rysbrack (1694–1770). Battles, literary themes, religious and mythological subjects, the Trojan war (94C - 94H). Watercolor and gouache with pen and brown ink on medium, slightly textured, cream-laid paper.
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Watercolor illustration to ‘The Iliad’ by John Michael Rysbrack.

Homer’s The Iliad is a literary classic.

This hour, we look at some of the many ways the epic applies to life today, from our understanding of plague, death, politics, and anger. We discuss the value of returning to the story over and over again and learn about how it can be used as a framework for other stories.


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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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