Monday, May 18, 2020


Daily homemade dramatic mini-readings of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation.
  • Book 1 (May 15, 2020) Characters featured: Narrator; Athena, with mighty spear, and in disguise, with sunglasses; Telemachus, in Phillies hat.
  • Book 2 (May 16, 2020) Athena, in disguise, instructs Telemachus to board a ship, equipped with rations, to go in search of news about his long-absent father.
  • Book 3 (May 17, 2020) Telemachus, in Phillies hat, aided by Athena in disguise (sunglasses), goes to visit old king Nestor in Pylos (clad in geometric scarf), to learn what happened to the Greeks on the way back from Troy.
  • Book 4 (May 18, 2020) Helen, daughter of Zeus by Leda, clever wife of wealthy Menelaus, is back home with her husband and family after her 10 years in Troy with the Trojan prince Paris. She welcomes Telemachus hospitably.
  • Book 5 (May 19, 2020) This passage from Book 5 is the farewell scene between a miserable Odysseus, wearing hideous travel-friendly sunhat, and the goddess Calypso (whose name suggests "hiding" or "covering"; wearing a bright red wig), with whom he has spent 7 years.
  • Book 6 (May 20, 2020) After leaving Calypso's island on a home-made raft, Odysseus is shipwrecked and survives only thanks to the help of another goddess, Ino. He washes up on Scheria, home of the Phaeacians.
  • Book 7 (May 21, 2020) Odysseus has arrived on Scheria, land of the Phaeacians. Athena meets him, in the guise of a young girl with a water pitcher. She guides him to the magical palace of Queen Arete and King Alcinous, where delicious fruit is in season all year round.
  • Book 8 (May 22, 2020) Odysseus is feasting with the Phaeacians—King Alcinous, Queen Arete and others. Their in-house blind poet-singer, Demodocus, is ordered to entertain them.

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