Homer’s Epic Celebration of Civilization: Four Lectures on The Odyssey

Mark Schenker of Yale College will be hosting, with Wilton Library, a four-part online lecture series on Homer’s epic masterpiece beginning Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. The series will place the poem in the context of the ancient Greek world and the Western literary tradition. His primary emphasis, however, will be on the Odyssey as a literary work of art, reanimated by our collective reading of it. Participants will encounter once again Homer’s masterpiece of barbarism and civilization, of adventuring and homecoming, whose hero is both a warrior and a husband.

There is no charge for the program. Register online here in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link. Please note: you will automatically be registered for all four session in the series. Please email Michael Bellacosa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
Each lecture will focus on a six-book portion of the poem’s 24 books. Patrons are encouraged to read each portion in advance in any translation or to familiarize themselves with the events of the relevant portion in advance of attending each lecture. Here is the schedule:
  • June 11    Books 1-6
  • June 18    Books 7-12
  • June 25    Books 13-18
  • July 2       Books 19-24


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