Homeric Encounters

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Great encounters between famous characters in Homer's Iliad newly explored by contemporary scholars and poets.

Reflecting the ancient Greek theme of the Proms, this is the final in a series of five programmes exploring great encounters from the cornerstone of all European literature, Homer's Iliad.

Adrian Lester reads Homer's original version in translation, while a classical scholar discusses its dramatic power and a contemporary poet explores its continuing resonance in a newly commissioned poem.

Ruth Padel, herself a classicist and poet, chairs the discussion.

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The reconciliation between Priam and Achilles interpreted by poet UA Fanthorpe and scholar Penelope Murray.