- See also Wikipedia's article about "The Iliad".
The Iliad is an epic poem attributed to Homer and dated to the 7th or 8th century BC. It's also the first book you read in Literature Humanities. Freshman in CC are informed that they're supposed to have read the first six books (chapters) by the time they've arrived on campus. Many students actually do this. Others don't. Seeing as this is in preparation for a 1 hour introduction to Lit Hum lecture during NSOP, it's not likely that the professor is going to perform a reading check in an auditorium full of 1,000 students. That's going to happen face-to-face in your first 20-person class session in front of all your new classmates. But if you want to delay trying to read the first six books of the Iliad until your first week on campus, when you're learning a million other things, you can.
If you attend an Academic Advising Session over the summer before you arrive, a representative of the Columbia College Alumni Association will be on hand to present each member of the incoming class present with a copy of The Iliad. It's a gift made on behalf of the alumni of Columbia College, and a symbolic passing of the torch to a new generation of Columbians.
If you aren't able to attend a summer session, have no fear. You'll get your copy of The Iliad in the mail, or on campus when you arrive for orientation.