EllinikoTheatro is an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to serve as an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Hellenic Theatre.


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The Iliad at the Portland Art Museum

EllinikoTheatro is proud to assist The Readers of Homer in the organization of a marathon reading of the ILIAD at the Portland Art Museum,  in the context of the ‘Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece’ exhibition by the British Museum.

The words of Homer’s epic poem were originally performed aloud to rapt audiences who sat spellbound by tales of kings and heroes, battles and sorrow. Relive the experience of this ancient Greek oral tradition by participating in a daylong marathon reading of The Iliad. Readers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join this unique opportunity to bring alive the thrilling tale of the Trojan War and to enjoy the experience of reading poetry aloud.

Anyone may participate, and no special training is required. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is available for non-readers too.

This program is presented by the Portland Art Museum in association with the The Readers of Homer, a nonprofit organization that stages public readings of Homer’s epics around the world.

Co-presented by Literary Arts, Reed College, the Hellenic Studies Programs at Portland State University, University of Portland, Portland Community College, and Willamette University.