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Greece & Turkey

In Odysseus’s Wake

In this lecture, we revisited the great bard, Homer, and his two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, which remain our most vibrant enchiridions of the ancient world. The Iliad recounts the story of the beautiful Greek Queen Helen, who is kidnapped by Trojan Prince Paris, the catalyst to a ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans. The Odyssey is the post-war adventure-filled journey homeward to Ithaca of Odysseus, arguably Homer’s most engaging human protagonist.  

In this lecture, we examined the storylines of these epics, while also seeking to place the legends within a historical and geographic context as we journeyed on Homer’s “wine-dark sea.”

During this lecture, I mentioned several excellent recent novels, based on the plots of Homer’s epics, with specific reference to a number of novels written from the point of view of the female protagonists, who have been relatively silent until now.  These books are excellent interpretations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and highly recommended. 



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