Odyssey

The Odyssey (“poem about Odysseus”) is an epic poem attributed in antiquity to Homer (ca. 700 BC), who was also considered the author of the Iliad. The Odyssey deals with the return home (nostos) of the wiley Greek hero Odysseus after the fall of Troy.

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.

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.

The blinding of Polyphemus

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The blinding of Polyphemus

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A scene on an amphora from Eleusis, near Athens, is the earliest representation of the blinding of Polyphemus by Odysseus and his men.

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.

Red Dwarf

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Red Dwarf

A space Odyssey

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Sitcom Red Dwarf turns thirty this year. While it hasn’t always been the most highbrow of entertainment, it contains a number of jokes and references to ancient history – particularly the Trojan War.

Romantic love in Homer

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Romantic love in Homer

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Some material in a doctoral thesis never makes the final cut, but can instead be turned into articles. An example is a peer-reviewed article that I wrote about romantic love in the Homeric epics.

Symphony X's Odyssey

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Symphony X's Odyssey

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American heavy metal band Symphony X wrote an epic song inspired by the Homer’s The Odyssey.

The world of Homer

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The world of Homer

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How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?

Homer and history

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Homer and history

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Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?