Inaugural Homerathon is April 19

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Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:16

The Department of Classics and Religious Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting its first Homerathon on Thursday, April 19 at 7 a.m. on the Meier Commons green.

A Homerathon is a marathon reading of Homer's Iliad, the way the ancient Greeks intended for it to be experienced. Classics Club students are bringing the ancient epic to life for both the university and extended Nebraska communities.

Attendees are invited to participate as well.

"You can get more involved by reading a passage yourself!" Classics Club member Brooke Mott wrote in an email. "Become a part of our interactive experience!"

The Homerathon is part of an Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience project, which is designed to help develop job skills for students through research and leadership experiences. To create and organize the event, students worked in teams to implement original ideas and make contacts with local businesses. By attending, you support undergraduate students and make research such as this possible.

In addition to the reading, other forms of entertainment will occur throughout the day, and food and drink will be available for attendees. Undergraduates will also be able to answer any questions you may have about Homer's Iliad.

"You can be a part of the audience and see why the Iliad remains relevant to contemporary discussions of violence, heroism and justice," Mott wrote.

The event will run until the early hours Friday morning. Participants and attendees are free to come and go as they please.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information please email