ONLINE SEMINAR
January 4 | Homer’s Odyssey

Homer’s tale of the wandering Odysseus and his quest to return home from the Trojan War has captured imaginations for over two and a half millennia.

In his ten-year struggle to return to his wife and family on his beloved island of Ithaka, the ever-resilient Odysseus roams to the edges of the world and confronts dangers and temptations both natural and supernatural. The giant man-eating Cyclops, the captivating call of the Sirens, the enchantments of the sorceress Circe, the dual menaces of Scylla and Charybdis, and the relentless anger of the sea-god Poseidon all threaten to keep him from returning home to reclaim his place as king, husband, and father.

Throughout his travails, Odysseus relies on courage, perseverance, cunning, and craft, as his character is tested and seasoned. At once a story of the exceptional and the universal, the Odyssey weaves together themes of travel and hospitality, loyalty and persistence, wit and deception, growth and self-knowledge, marriage, family, and the longing for home.

For this six-week seminar we will read Emily Wilson’s 2018 translation of the Odyssey that renders Homer’s epic tale in a brisk iambic pentameter and contemporary idiom. The seminar will be read-as-we-go: the reading load each week will be roughly 1/6 of the poem, about 75 pages.

When: Six weekly sessions on Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern, starting January 4, 2021.

Duration: 2 1/4 hours per session, with a short break mid-way.

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$250 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free after registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered participant of Toronto Pursuits 2020 who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar.

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LEADER

Mark Cwik is the education manager for Classical Pursuits. He is a longtime Toronto Pursuits and trip leader and has been an organizer of adult great books discussion groups for 25 years. He specializes in literature from the ancient, mythic and religious world. Mark lives in London, England, where he also leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

READINGS

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
(W.W. Norton, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0393356250

Please be sure to obtain the Emily Wilson translation.

Homer’s tale of the wandering Odysseus and his quest to return home from the Trojan War has captured imaginations for over two and a half millennia.

In his ten-year struggle to return to his wife and family on his beloved island of Ithaka, the ever-resilient Odysseus roams to the edges of the world and confronts dangers and temptations both natural and supernatural. The giant man-eating Cyclops, the captivating call of the Sirens, the enchantments of the sorceress Circe, the dual menaces of Scylla and Charybdis, and the relentless anger of the sea-god Poseidon all threaten to keep him from returning home to reclaim his place as king, husband, and father.

Throughout his travails, Odysseus relies on courage, perseverance, cunning, and craft, as his character is tested and seasoned. A story of both the exceptional and the universal, the Odyssey weaves together themes of travel and hospitality, loyalty and persistence, wit and deception, growth and self-knowledge, marriage, family, and the longing for home.

For this seminar we will read Emily Wilson’s 2018 translation of the Odyssey that presents Homer’s epic tale in a brisk iambic pentameter and contemporary idiom.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

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