The Hellenic Centre in London is hosting another interesting event. On Saturday, July 21st 2012, 200 individuals of all ages and backgrounds will recite Homer’s Iliad from 10 am to 8 pm.
Produced by the international literary organization “The Readers of Homer” and sponsored by the Hellenic Centre of London, the A.G. Leventis and Maria Tsakos Foundations, Elliniko Theatreo and eminent anonymous donors, London’s centre is expected to be swept over by native and foreign visitors.
Representatives of cultural societies and communities based in London, ambassadors, artists, journalists, athletes and students, will join hundreds of citizens who will read or sing their passages, each in their own way and language, one after the other, for the ten-hour marathon.
Their shared goal will be to add their voices to the international Olympic call for truce and permanent peace, just a week before the official opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London, promoting universal human values and ideals which originated in Greece thousands of years ago, and still reverberate there, in Homer’s land, despite the current crisis.
During the reading, images of ancient and classical items will be presented, along with the English version of the epic, translated by Pope and Fitzgerald. Musical ensemble Daemonia Nymphe will accompany the Homeric rhapsodies, offering a lyric journey to ancient Greece.