Discover fresh insights into one of the greatest works of literature ever composed: Homer's Odyssey.
Why does this ancient epic poem continue to mesmerize listeners from all walks of life? You're undoubtedly familiar with the Odyssey in some form. Now, this exciting literature course invites you to hear Homer's text with new eyes.
Your presenter, Rev. Gregory Carlson, SJ (DPhil, University of Heidelberg), is a renowned classicist and award-winning literature professor who has taught at Georgetown University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Creighton University. In his 12 lively lectures, the Western world's most engaging story comes alive again with all its poetry, drama, and action. As you voyage through the Odyssey book by book, you will gain profound insights into Homer's artistry.
In this course, you will journey to fantastic lands filled with sea monsters and sirens, gods and giants, and a colorful cast of characters. Rev. Carlson brings familiar stories alive by drawing out their implications and challenges for the unusual hero Odysseus.
As Rev. Carlson brings the poem to life, you will be surprised by the poem's enduring relevance to our day and age. Indeed, Homer will challenge your perceptions about success, women, friendship, and human identity.
Odysseus was born for challenges, and this course in turn invites you to challenge yourself. Follow Odysseus on his journey today.