A Hero’s Journey: Parzival or the Quest for the Grail


The origins of a 'Hero's Quest' explored in this ancient tale of chivalry and love.

This medieval Germanic romance by the 13th-century knight-poet Wolfram von Eschenbach centers on the Arthurian hero Parzival ("Percival" in English) and his long quest for the Holy Grail. Through an in-depth look at this classic tale we will explore the themes of chivalry, love, heroism, and tolerance, all in the context of man's search for meaning.

Instructor: Herb Arnold

Dates:  Mondays – September 14, 21, 28; October 5 and 12

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $95

  • Required Reading

    One of the following texts:

    Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival. Transl . Helen M. Mustard and Charles E. Passage, New York, Vintage Books, 1961

    Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival, Transl. A.T. Hatto, Penguin Classics, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980

    Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival and Titurel, Transl. Cyril Edwards, Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford: OUP, 2009