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The Iliad: Un-Silencing the Girls - Book Club Q&A with Dr Ian Calvert

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  • DURATION 1 hour
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

In this event, Abbie speaks to Dr Ian Calvert, lecturer in English Literature and Classics with the University of Bristol and author of Virgil’s English Translators: Civil Wars to Restoration. With a particular interest in English translations of epic poetry, he is also currently working on an edition of Pope's translation of Homer for Oxford University Press.

We will be discussing the March Books of the Month: 'The Silence of the Girls' by Pat Barker and 'A Thousand Ships' by Natalie Haynes, both retellings of the Iliad. We will explore the ways both books use intertextuality to retell Homer's classic, and explore the role of women in this Greek epic of war, power, and romance.

Suitable for anyone who is interested in the classics, ancient history, or enjoys historical fiction generally.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Abbie

Abbie is the Events and Community Manager at Mirthy, moderating many of the weekly events. As an avid reader and keen musician, she also runs the Mirthy Book Club and Desert Island Discs events. She loves chatting to Mirthy members at the community events, and relishes the challenge of leading the Book Club Q&A every month.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

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