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Homer's The Odyssey-"Not the Same Old Story..." -- CANCELED

The Odyssey has always been celebrated as the ultimate adventure tale: Odysseus’s voyage home after the fall of Troy, his encounters with beautiful goddesses, his defeats of scary monsters and his recapture of his house in a heroic final battle. But this plot summary completely misses the real importance of the text to the Greeks, and is why many centuries later the Veterans Administration uses it as a tool in treating PTSD. The Odysseus who leaves Troy is not the wise warrior who left home to help Menelaus, but a man damaged by violence, not ready to reassume a leadership role in a peaceful kingdom. During the time the stories were handed down, Greek culture had changed; trade — not war — was the way forward. Homer’s The Odyssey chronicles Odysseus’s struggle to regain control of himself in order to govern his kingdom; it is a tale of trial and error before triumph. Text: I will be using the Robert Fitzgerald translation. There are several good modern translations, but please avoid prose summaries.

Instructor Maryanne Ward retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) Humanities program and served as academic dean until moving to Centre College (Danville, KY) as professor of English and chair of the Humanities program. Her area of special interest and scholarship is 19th-century British literature. Among other topics, her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape, and painting.

Class Limit: 25
This course can be taken either in-person or on-line via Zoom - choose when you register.
In-person students must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to register for this course.
In-person students will follow the current mask policy of the course site.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 10:00 AM until Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Zoom: link will be sent by email before first class<br />In-person: St. Andrews Church
11 Glidden St
Newcastle, ME  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Maryanne C Ward
Fall 2023
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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Cancellation Policy:
A member may cancel a course registration up to 3 days prior to the start of class and will receive a course credit that can be used for a future registration. No refunds will be given.
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