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Homer's The Odyssey

with Bruce Bigley

Class Description

The Odyssey, attributed to Homer, is one of the foundational texts of the Western tradition, well worth reading and rereading; I try to reread it every three or four years. We will read it with attention to its nature as an oral composition. How can it be that a bard, almost certainly illiterate and by tradition blind, could compose a song that is so long and so complex? Students will need to have a text of The Odyssey. If you are buying one or getting it from the library, look for the translations by either Lattimore or Fagles. Most modern verse translations will be adequate, but avoid Fitzgerald, who chooses to minimize the oral features. ZOOM Thursdays: 11:00am - 12:30pm Class Limit: 25

  • Started Apr 7
  • 40 US dollars
  • Zoom

Class Schedule

Cancellation Policy

Class fees will be refunded 100% if an instructor cancels class or a student drops before the second meeting of the class.

Contact Details


3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle, WA, USA