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Homer – The Odyssey

How well do we know the tale of the long wanderings of Odysseus as he returned home from the Trojan War? In this course we will accompany Odysseus through the text of Homer's Odyssey, as he encounters awesome cyclopes, intimidating goddesses, enchanting nymphs, lotus eaters, and the shades of the dead. Reading Emily Wilson's celebrated new translation, we will consider how the epic poem was created, and how it has been received, as we explore the eternal fascination of the myth.
This course provides an opportunity to get to know one of the most important stories in Western literature. We will explore the creation of Greek epic poetry, and its transmission and reception from ancient times to the present. We will consider some of the great themes evoked by the Odyssey, including attitudes to home, hospitality to strangers, the status of women, and the horrors of war. Along the way, we will hear some of the most compelling, thought-provoking and fantastic stories of Odysseus' long journey home, giving you a rounded view of the significance of Homer's epic.

Who is this course for

No prior knowledge required.

What does this course cover

This course provides an opportunity to get to know one of the most important stories in Western literature. We will explore the creation of Greek epic poetry, and its transmission and reception from ancient times to the present. We will consider some of the great themes evoked by the Odyssey, including attitudes to home, hospitality to strangers, the status of women, and the horrors of war. Along the way, we will hear some of the most compelling, thought-provoking and fantastic stories of Odysseus' long journey home, giving you a rounded view of the significance of Homer's epic.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
' understand the social and historical context of the creation of the Odyssey
' identify common themes in epic poetry
' discuss the relevance and meaning of famous episodes from Greek mythology

What will it be like

Teaching methods include tutor presentations, with slides and extracts from texts; close reading; and class discussion topics. Students will be assessed by individual learning plans and class participation.

What else do you need to buy or do

You may wish to have a pad and pen for note-taking.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

https://zoom.us/support/download

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

Other Humanities courses at Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

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Concessions:

This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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