This is one of the best on-line courses I've taken, and I've taken quite a few.. Dr. Luzzi is an extraordinary teacher whose enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. His knowledge of his subject is deep, and his exploration of it is breathtakingly good.
Of course I knew of the Iliad and of Achilles but this was my first encounter with the text. It was time well spent and Dr Luzzi was a wonderful guide. Book 24 couldnt have its power without the gore and ferociousness of the earlier part of the song. That last book , as Dr Luzzi says, is a high point in Western literature - so moving and so human.
I look forward to the Odyssey - another poem I've not encountered textually , though well known in its plot and charaterization.
Thank you for a remarkable journey
Anyone who has not read the Iliad or read it ages ago should take Prof. Luzzi’s passionate, entertaining, knowledgeable, and relevant walk through the Iliad.
This was my first time reading the Iliad and I am not sure that I would have made it through without Dr. Luzzi guidance. And although we flew through it in 3 weeks, I learned so much that I will never forget. He was able to present the big picture while pointing out, with great enthusiasm, the really important parts, lines and themes and most of how why it is still relevant today. Bravo!
The first presentation on The Iliad by Dr. Luzzi Luzzi was moving and thought provoking. I love that we are discussing this book in 3 parts, because Dr. Luzzi goes much deeper into the book's themes than I have experienced in previous presentations on The Iliad. I appreciate that Dr. Luzzi brings these ancient characters to life as passionate, flawed beings struggling with similar issues that we also struggle with.