A Homerathon is a marathon reading of a Homeric poem​,
the way the ancient Greeks intended for it to be experienced.

The 2019 Homerathon is currently planned for Thursday, April 18th, 2019,
with a reading of Homer's Odyssey. More to come.

The 2018 event

The Classics students are bringing the ancient epic to life for both the university and extended Nebraska communities. Come and be a part of the audience and see why the ​Iliad​ remains relevant to our contemporary discussions of violence, heroism, and justice.

In addition to the reading, various other forms of entertainment will occur throughout the day, and food and drink will be available for attendees. Undergraduate Classics students will also be able to answer any questions you may have about Homer’s ​Iliad ​throughout the day. Plus, you can get more involved by reading a passage yourself! Become a part of our interactive experience!

  • DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • TIME: Starting at 7 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Nebraska Union, Meier Commons (green space)
Homerathon graphic

If you are interested in participating or would like more information please email unl.homerathon@gmail.com.

Homerathon poster

Special Guest Readers

Times are approximate for April 19:

  • Between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. - Clayton Naff, Director of Lincoln Literacy
  • Between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. - Carl Eskridge, Lincoln City Council Member
  • Between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m. - Michael Zeleny, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - Amy Goodburn, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. - Michael Boehm, Vice President and Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. - Pat Leach, Director of Lincoln Libraries
  • Between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. - Amy Struthers, Interim Dean of the Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. - Donde Plowman, Executive Vice Chancellor (UNL)
  • Between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. - Richard Moberly, Dean of Nebraska College of Law
  • Between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. - Leirion Gaylor Baird, Lincoln City Council Member
  • Between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. - Lance Perez, Interim Dean of Nebraska College of Engineering
  • Between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. - Charles O'Connor, Dean of Nebraska College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. - Stanley Lombardo, Translator of Homer's Iliad
  • TBD - Katherine Ankerson, Dean of the Nebraska College of Architecture

Generous supporters

  • Department of Classics and Religious Studies
  • Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE)
  • Humanities Nebraska
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • The Mill Coffee and Tea
  • Ichiban Sichuan
  • The Parthenon