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University’s Classical Entertainment Society Holds 24-Hour “Homerathon” with Faculty and Students

Homer’s Iliad is 24 books long. That’s 15,693 lines of verse. And thanks to the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society, the whole thing was read aloud in 24 hours on November 20 at the Court Theatre. It took more than 75 readers—including eight UChicago faculty members—to pull off reading from five English translations and six non-English translations, ranging from ancient and modern Greek to Turkish and Mandarin.

From the Court Theatre blog:

Not only did we mobilize and engage the Humanities division at UChicago, we also seemingly captured the imagination of the Chicago community at large. Some passages even benefited from the bolstering effects of puppetry, clowning, and singing. There were Trojan Horses made out of graham crackers and there were shields made out of paper plates.  There were children too young to read and there were best-selling authors (that’s right, UC alum Sara Paretsky stopped by and even signed our banner).

The event was widely covered—check out the Chicago Sun Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Theatre in Chicago. Links to more coverage can be found at the Court Theatre’s blog post about the event.

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