Iliad Day, Hellenic Centre 21 July

Homer reciting some stuff

We see that there will be a day-long session of Iliad reading/recitation/singing at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone on Saturday 21 July from 10 am to 8 pm.  What are probably the official details can be found here, with a slightly different account here.  You can register to take part here; the default languages it offers you are English and Modern Greek, but you can write in your own choice.  It looks as though they have snaffled Book 24 already, so you’ll need to work out where the other good bits might be in the ten 1-hour slots.

If you don’t want to read, I think you can also register to spectate by emailing them.  But it looks as though there are still plenty of opportunities for people who want to read, recite or sing.

Representatives of cultural societies and communities based in London, ambassadors, artists, journalists, athletes and students, are expected to join hundreds of citizens who will read or sing their passages, each in their own way and language, one after the other, during 10 hours.

The reading will be coordinated with on-stage projections of archaic and classical images, along with the English version of the epic, a mosaic of segments from Pope’s and Fitzgerald’s translations and Christopher Logue’s Iliad. The Homeric rhapsodies will be accompanied by interludes and melodies from the musical ensemble Daemonia Nymphe, on reconstructed ancient Greek instruments by Nicholas Brass.

At the conclusion of the celebrational Reading, the Hellenic Centre and the Readers of Homer will offer a simple yet delicious feast of Homeric edibles and potables for the participants’ sustenance and delight.

On a related subject, see here for  Greek plays I know about in London.

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