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Odysseus the foreigner

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Odysseus the foreigner

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With headlines again filled with stories of immigrant abuse and immigration in the United States, it is worth taking a look back at one of the most famous “foreigners” from the ancient world: Odysseus.

Archilochus

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Archilochus

A poet and a mercenary?

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Poetic fragments attributed to Archilochus of Paros show him to have been a warrior. But was he also, as is often suggested, a mercenary?

Virgil’s Aeneid

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Virgil’s Aeneid

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Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about the epic poem Aeneid, composed by Rome’s greatest poet, Virgil.

The grave stele of Demetrius

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The grave stele of Demetrius

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A closer look at a stele from the fourth century BC, currently in Munich, that marked the grave of Demetrius, who probably died in battle.

The modern Odysseus

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The modern Odysseus

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Odysseus’ performs many ill-deeds on his twenty-year journey from Ithaca to Troy and back again. In the modern world, we are often enraptured by the details of his journey, but we can also be deeply ambivalent about the complicated man himself.

Odysseus the jerk

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Odysseus the jerk

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While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.