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Homer’s The Iliad



Homer’s The Iliad

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8 November 2020

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“Following his dogged abstention from the war that nearly led the Achaeans into a devastating defeat, Achilles, enraged by the murder of his loyal companion Patroclus by Hector, rushes back into battle, raring for vengeance. The Trojans beat a hasty retreat, as Achilles takes on anyone who crosses his path, leaving terror and death in his wake. Only Hector, despite his father’s pleas, remains outside the safety of the castle to confront him. After an agonizing chase around the castle walls, they will face each other in a fatal duel. Through the critical intervention of goddess Athena who tricks him, Hector will meet his death by Achilles’ spear, elevating his legendary opponent to unfathomable glory, and plunging “his friends and family”, as well as an entire nation, into interminable mourning. At the centre of these two rhapsodies, which recount the deadliest battles of The Iliad, is the Homeric hero: constantly overwhelmed by his emotions and his passions, in a world of “glory” and physical strength governed by the gods, he fights a solitary battle against everyone. He doesn’t even hesitate to take on the famous river Scamander. No thought can stop him from taking action; his actions are followed by no guilt. In the Homeric world, Eris, Bia and Polemos are described as mighty forces of nature. One does not become a hero for resisting them, but by immersing himself in them, and making them the very purpose of his existence. The self-awareness and self-control of contemporary man are still a long way away.”

Konstantinos Zografos, Ektoras Lygizos, Aris Balis and Elena Topalidou interpret the excerpt from Homer’s Iliad “The Fight at the River and The Death of Hector (Rhapsodies XXI and XXII)”. Directed by Ektoras Lygizos.

(Edited description from organiser’s website)

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