Spring 2023, Homer’s Odyssey (Professor Eirene Allen)
Starts February 5
The epic that inspired the road trip genre, the Odyssey is often remembered as the story of a man who took ten years to return home to his wife, fighting off sirens, nymphs, and his and his companions’ bad decisions along the way. But beneath the apparent vice and folly lies an exploration of the nature of storytelling, the limits of perseverance, the contours of faith, the inscrutability of death, and a quest to define and safeguard home.
Online, Mondays, February 5-April 22 (no class March 25), 7-9 PM ET (NYC).
Odyssey. The next Odyssey seminar will be held Winter 2024. Fall 2023 Saturday Seminars
Consultations. Teachers and schools can contact the Institute via email to set up a time to speak about their community’s particular needs and goals.
Discussion groups. Teachers are invited to join our moderated Discord server to discuss the texts, ask questions, and exchange resources. To join, Contact Us with a request.
Seminars for Libraries. The Institute for Classics Education provides online seminars to introduce library patrons to the classics of ancient Greece in translation. The seminars are hosted by the library, streamed online, and presented by the Institute’s Dr. Allen. More information is here.
Reading recommendations for teachers: translations and analytical works on ancient texts vary significantly. Click here for the Institute’s position on translation and here for overviews of recommended translations for the Iliad and the Odyssey.