General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Trojan War and the World of Homer
Language English
Module lecturer dr Dobrinka Chiekova
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position PhD
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-TWW


Module aim (aims)

The myth and heroes of the Trojan War, the rage of Achilles and the resourcefulness of Odysseus continue to fascinate and inspire scholars and artists. In this course we will examine the origins of Ancient Greek culture in the Bronze Age, the archaeological search for the cities of Troy and Mycenae, the 8th century BC world reflected in the Homeric poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, modern literary and artistic receptions of the famous poems and stories.

Development of skills in written communication

Development of skills in oral communication

Development of skills in critical analysis and reasoning

Development of skills in information literacy

Interpret language and symbol

Intercultural competence

Respect for diversity

Ethical reasoning and compassion

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


The course will explore a variety of topics, including:


The Minoan-Mycenaean civilization


The search for Troy and the Trojan War


The collapse of the Bronze Age and its aftermath


Homeri questions


The Heroic code


Helen: human and divine


Bereavement and vengeance


The human costs of war


Homer the Humanists


Movie “Troy”


Telemacheia: in search of identity


Women and Goddesses in the Odyssey


Exploration and conflict


Journey to the underworld




Violence and legitamacy


Is peace possible?


Coen brothers’ movie “O Brother”

Reading list

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, trans. by Robert Fagles

Cline, E. The Trojan War. A Very Short Introduction. (Oxford)