From Ancient Greece to Contemporary Middle East: Dialogues on the Experience of War at CSU-San Bernardino

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Friday, July 15, 2016: Third Day of Training

Terry Smith from the Dept. of Theater Arts visits

Discussion: Dramatic Reading Strategies

Discuss Philoctetes and Hecuba 

Welcome to our NEH project “From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Middle East: Dialogues on the Experience of War.” Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project seeks to serve veterans by discussing how literature and film portray war. We use ancient Greek texts such as Homer’s Illiad, Sophocles Philoctetes, and Euripides Hecuba to emphasize the impact of war on individuals regardless of era. 

Texts related to Vietnam also inform our approach to discussing war in literature. Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America synthesize the Ancient Greek experience with the experiences of war during the twentieth century, and service members and veterans who attend our discussion sessions can use their own experiences to analyze the literature and plays we present for discussion.


On this website you will find links to resources related to this project and its goals. Focus falls on the individual service member and veteran and encouraging a conversation about literature and war. We will add more content (such as pictures and possibly individual experiences) as the project progresses. Please contact us if you have any questions.