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The American Conservative Blogs The Odyssey–And Likes It

Rod Dreher, a former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and author of one of the longest-titled books in publishing history, has been blogging his journey reading Robert Fagles’ translation of The Odyssey with his older son. We here at the Read… Continue reading

24. September 2012 by Arrian
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The Music of the Proper Names in Homer – A Guide to Pronunication

James Romm, Professor of Classics at Bard College, friend and board member of Reading Odyssey, provides in this podcast a guide to prononuncation in Homer. This short podcast is intended for anyone reading Homer and especially for Reading Odyssey … Continue reading

27. December 2011 by Phil Terry
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The Underworld and Justice in Homer

Hi Andre, I had a question not directly related to the Odyssey story, but when I was reading over the glossary of names in the back of the book, I came upon Rhadamanthus who was granted eternal life in the Elysian fields because he was a fair king… Continue reading

04. December 2009 by Arrian
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Researchers hit a homer with ‘The Odyssey’

Using astronomical clues, they date one of literature’s most heralded events: Odysseus’ slaughter of his wife’s suitors. But the finding leaves many questions unanswered. By Thomas H. Maugh IILos Angeles Times Staff Writer June 24 2008 Delving int… Continue reading

24. June 2008 by Arrian
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Quick thoughts

Quick thought #1 about Hellenic unity: The Greeks usually dropped their political differences to compete in athletic contests of which the Olympics was only one event. Apparently their zeal for sports and religious festivals sometimes outweighed t… Continue reading

31. March 2008 by Arrian
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Homer: final call

We had the final call last night – and a spirited conversation about the Odyssey. Unfortunately, the audio recorder did not work correctly and only captured one side of the conversation – so much of what we discussed is lost 🙂 I’ll note that we … Continue reading

30. June 2005 by readingodysseyauthor
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Favorite passages?

Pat and I recently discussed how much we love the language – how Homer says so much in so few words. Peter James, in his post from last week, remarked on the language, the subtle recurrences and nuances. “…the rosy hue of dawn is revisted, the s… Continue reading

06. June 2005 by readingodysseyauthor
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Homer’s Odyssey: Audio from “primer” call

We just had our first call – the “primer” call for reading Homer’s Odyssey. See comments for some of the discussion and feedback. If you missed the call or want to go back to the conversation, here’s the audio file (in Windows Media format): DM200… Continue reading

22. May 2005 by readingodysseyauthor
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