Great Books in the City

The Great Books in the City initiative is a reading group where works taught in the UQ Centre for Western Civilisation’s curriculum are read and discussed in a small group setting with interested members of the community.

Based at UQ's newest city location in the heritage-listed National Australia Bank building at 308 Queen Street, we will bring the Great Books to you at a convenient and central Brisbane CBD location.

The first Great Book in the program will be Homer’s The Odyssey, led by Professor Alastair Blanshard, the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland and Director of UQ’s Centre for Western Civilisation.

OdysseyRunning over two sessions, participants in this first group will delve into Homer's epic poem, which tells the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his 10-year battle to return home to Ithaca.

This exciting, fast-paced narrative sees Odysseus encounter extraordinary cruelty and amazing kindness along the way, and this reading group invites you to reflect on what ‘home’ means to you and consider how we treat those separated from their homeland by war and tragic circumstance.

This exploration of Homer’s Odyssey is the first in a series of discussions of Great Books. 

Further titles will be explored in future sessions, with these other titles to be announced in due course.

 


Professor Alastair Blanshard.About the facilitator

Professor Alastair Blanshard is the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland and Director of UQ’s Centre for Western Civilisation.

Professor Blanshard is an internationally recognised expert in the study of Ancient Greece and its legacy.

A graduate from UQ, he has studied at the University of Cambridge and worked at Oxford University, the University of Reading, and The University of Sydney.

 


Expression of Interest

As capacity is limited to a group size of approximately 12, participation in the first Great Books reading group for Homer's The Odyssey is by invitation only.

Please register your interest to participate in future sessions here.


15th-century manuscript of Book I written by scribe John Rhosos (British Museum)
15th-century manuscript of Book I written by scribe John Rhosos (British Museum).

Resources for Homer's The Odyssey

Resources and further information on Homer's The Odyssey reading sessions can be assessed here.

Access to these resources is restricted to selected participants, who will receive access and account information.