The ancient greek hero in 24 hours is a specialized textbook for the very popular harvard course offered for many decades by gregory nagy the class is offered free via edx as a mooc open to basically anyone interested all over the world there is something very compelling about studying in unison with great numbers of like minds that makes you feel you are participating in a powerful ripple . Gregory nagy the ancient greek hero in 24 hours acknowledgments introduction part i introduction to homeric poetry part i hour 1 the homeric iliad and the glory of the unseasonal hero part i hour 2 achilles as epic hero and the idea of total recall in song part i hour 3 achilles and the poetics of lament part i hour 4. The ancient greek hero in 24 hours cambridge ma london the belknap press of harvard university press abstract the ancient greeks concept of the hero was very different from what we understand by the term today gregory nagy argues and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand achilles odysseus oedipus and herakles in greek . In twenty four installments based on the harvard university course nagy has taught and refined since the late 1970s the ancient greek hero in 24 hours offers an exploration of civilizations roots in the homeric epics and other classical literature a lineage that continues to challenge and inspire us today
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