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The Tragic Heroism of Hector the Trojan

Date: Thursday, Aug. 26 | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT

Hector of Homer’s Iliad was a hero, leader, and role model for his people, the Trojans. In Book VI of the Iliad, he delivers passionate speeches to his brother Paris and his wife Andromache. By looking into the depths of Hector’s psyche, we will draw out Ancient Greek conceptions of heroes, leaders, and role models. How does the hero learn his heroic ways? Why does he feel so attached to his people and which forms do these attachments take? We will explore these questions in order to examine how we can be heroes and leaders in our own world, and how we can best choose our own role models to emulate.

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