Short course: Great voyages from Greek and Roman myths

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28 January | 10.30am-4.30pm
£30 | £27 Members
National Maritime Museum, Seminar Room
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This one day course will be a detailed examination of the voyages of Jason, Odysseus and Aeneas and the fantastical encounters that relate them to reality.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the different episodes from myths of Voyages.
  • Understand the moral ethical lessons in Greek Myths.
  • Appreciate the perils of seas voyages in the Ancient World.

Jason’s voyage to collect the Golden Fleece was described by Apollonius of Rhodes in his Argonautica written in Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. He encountered the murderous women of Lemnos, the six-armed giant Gegeines, Phineas and the harpies, the clashing rocks, the sirens and the bronze giant Talos. The course will also look at the rest of his story and his relationship with Medea.

Odysseus’s story comes from Homer’s Odyssey composed in the 8th Century BC. Odysseus encountered the Lotus Eaters, the Cyclopes, the cannibalistic Laestrygonians, the witch Circe, the sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, the nymph Calypso and the Phaeacians on his epic voyage home from Troy. Aeneas’s voyage from Troy to Italy was described by Virgil in his Aeneid written for the emperor Augustus round about 25 BC. He encounters Polydorus in Thrace, the harpy Celeano, Hector’s widow Andromache in Buthrotum, Scylla and Charybdis, the Cyclopes, and Queen Dido in Carthage.

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