Marathon Reading of Homer’s ILIAD | Portland Art Museum
In celebration of The Body Beautiful at the Portland Art Museum
Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 8.p.m.
Fields Ballroom, Portland Art Museum
On Sunday, December 2, hundreds of citizens will gather at the Portland Art Museum to revive the ancient Greek tradition of reading poetry aloud.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 400 individuals—of all ages and backgrounds—will relive the thrilling story of the Trojan war, participating in a daylong marathon reading of Homer’s Iliad, produced by the international literary organization The Readers of Homer in association with the Portland Art Museum.
Representatives of cultural societies and communities based in Portland, visitors, artists, journalists, professors and teachers, parents and students are expected to join hundreds of citizens who will read or sing their passages, each in their own way and language, one after the other, in the course of 10 hours.
Their common aim will be to add their voices in celebration of the Museum’s international exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece which features Greek and Roman sculpture from The British Museum.
The reading will be coordinated with on-stage projections of archaic and classical images from the Portland Art Museum and The Readers of Homer archives, along with the English version of the epic, a mosaic of segments from Pope’s and Fitzgerald’s translations and Christopher Logue’s Iliad.
$15 Adults (includes admission that day to The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece)
$5 Student | $5 Museum Members | FREE for P.S.U Students and Under 17 FREE ENTRANCE FOR NON-READERS
The event is organized with the kind support of the Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University. Additional support provided by the University of Portland, Reed College, Willamette University, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Community College, Literary Arts, and EllinikoTheatro.
Portland Art Museum
The Readers of Homer
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The Readers of Homer
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The Readers of Homer is a non-profit international literary organization based in the USA, which produces all-day and all-night audience-participation readings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, in locations humble and sublime. The aims of the organization include the revival of public reading, the recognition of the eternal immediacy of Homer, the honoring of the international translators of his epics and the offering of a multilayered cultural and educational experience to hundreds of participants. Similar events have taken place at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles; the Dahesh Museum, the Orensanz Foundation and the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Maria Tsakos Foundation and the University of Montevideo in Uruguay, the Library of Alexandria, the Medieval Castle in Kos and Daskalopetra in Chios. This year the Readers of Homer presented a marathon reading of the Odyssey with 400 European citizens in Brussels in the context of the initiative 12 Hours for Greece, the Iliad in the context of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Odyssey at Fairytale Town in Sacramento, Calif.