A Reliable, Engaging Guide to Homer’s Epic
A colorful, structured course
from war (Troy)
through the dark world of Oblivion (Land of the Dead, Hades)
up to Odysseus’ return into light (Nausicaa, the Phaeacian people)
and finally home into peace (Ithaca)
Who wouldn’t love some help with navigating the Odyssey?
Googling “Odyssey” + [any related term] may prove a tad problematic. This happens because:
- Few writers / commentators / educators can claim a thorough knowledge of the epic. After all, it’s 12,000+ verses of archaic-style narrative about a civilization that existed more than 3,000 years ago. Honestly, I’ve read the whole thing dozens of times (Greek is my native language) and I’m still not through with discovering details & subtleties.
- Too many “resources” rely more on entertainment than on well-grounded analysis & presentation of facts. Modern pedagogy means well, but we shouldn’t sacrifice accuracy in the name of vivid presentation. (Hint: We can have both.) How can we trust our sources?
- Serious researchers do a fine job & they offer valuable insights, but plowing through acres of fine academic prose in order to make sense of the r.e.a.l. thing… Do you have to do it?
Or, would you rather join the cruise?
Who’s Guiding the Journey?
My name is Helena and, yes, my grandpa grew in the whereabouts of Sparta. This is a fact.
I’m a published translator (EN / FR >> GR), a philologist (BA, French Lang & Lit), a bookworm since 1st grade (age 6). That was forty years ago. I’m a huge fan of the internet & not intimidated by simple tech.
I’m currently reading the original Ancient Greek / Homeric language text (Odyssey). Oh, the Divine Master of Song… Homer … J’ adore! 🙂
Allow me to “translate” the myth for you.
And, what shall we do along the way?
Here you can:
Engage with the Odyssey for the first time
Refresh your knowledge of the epic
Marvel at collections of stunning visuals (Antiquity – 20th century AD)
Explore ever-expanding Resource sections (Beginner – Academia)
Enrich your understanding of Homer’s poem; go deeper, add relief
Discuss all things Humanities as related to Homer, his heroes, their world
Connect with the work of mythologists around the globe
Organize your own study & your classroom sessions
Pick the best supporting materials for your lesson
Fight your way out of Poseidon’s mess (he’s really pissed!) and come home bringing gifts – thanks, Nausicaa & king of the Mighty Mind, Alcinous!
You’ll “see” the fine web of Homer’s words; Penelope’s threads as she weaves, un-weaves, weaves un-weaves, then some more…
Odysseus is all at sea, once again.
We’re here to see him struggle through countless waves until he regains Ithaca.