Bristol Branch lecture: Dr Genevieve Lively (Bristol)

  • Badminton School

‘Homer’s AI’.

In this talk, Dr Liveley asks: What is the legacy of Homer’s intelligent machines? Beginning with Homer’s descriptions of relatively simple automata in the Iliad and Odyssey, this talk goes on to consider the more sophisticated models of artificial mind and machine cognition that these ancient poems describe, including various distinctions that Homer draws between artificial and human minds. After tracing this ancient narrative history of artificial intelligence, Dr Liveley examines its impact on contemporary debate about the nature of AI.

Venue address

Westbury Rd



Booking information:

Subject to confirmation nearer the time, and depending on the latest public health guidance, talks will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Please email Barbara Bell ( to register your interest. There are no tickets, and talks are free for Bristol Classical Association members, students, and school pupils. There will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm.