What do ancient Greek poet Homer and today’s hip-hop artists have in common? | The Hip Hop Odyssey

From the Brookland Listserv:

More than you might think.

Find out by coming to hear Brett Rogers discuss From Homer to Hip-Hop at the Watha T. Daniel Library this Wednesday at 7 PM. 

Participants will discuss how Homer and various Greek poets are, despite their distance in history, very similar to all sorts of modern storytellers and singers — in particular, filmmakers, writers of comic books and even hip-hop artists. For example, the heroes of Homer’s Iliad and Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes compete with each other in boasts and battle, whereas Homer’s Odysseus shows us how a crafty storyteller works and even outsmarts (and gets outsmarted by) his audiences.

Professor Rogers’ lecture at a DC Library branch last month drew a strong attendance and plenty of positive comments. This talk should too.

From Homer to Hip-Hop

Wednesday, May 16

7 pm


Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

1630 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001



The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library is located by the Howard University/Shaw Metro stop on the Green and Yellow lines. Take the 8th and R Street exit. The library is right across the street. 

From Homer to Hip-Hop is part of the Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives series that the DC Public Library system is hosting this spring. The series is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participants will “read, see and think about how classical literature influences American culture.”


Additional funding provided by the Friends of the Georgetown Library, Friends of the Palisades Library, Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, and Friends of the West End Library. 

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