What do you note about the ways in which Hannah Hintze leads this seminar?
Why do you think she chose the opening question that she did?
What do you note about the ways in which students treat the text?
What do you note about the ways in which students interact with one another?
How would you answer these initial questions: “Why this homecoming for Odysseus? And so why arrive sleeping? Why arrive confused? Why Eumaeus? Why disguised?” Did you find any point(s) made by the students that gave you new insight or changed your mind?
Hintze asks why Odysseus arrives to a divine conversation for the first time. What answer would you give? What do you think Athena’s role was both in Odysseus’s homecoming, and the events leading up to it? Why does Odysseus go along with her plan? Is the mission that she assigns Odysseus necessary for his homecoming to be successful?
What different ways can you find that the theme of identity is used in Book 13? The students touch on the idea of Odysseus possibly looking for his own identity in the sense of who he is in relationship with others. Is this true for him in each of his roles—father, husband, warrior, and king? Or is his questioning and storytelling merely window dressing for his probing of the loyalties of others?
If you had a choice, would you follow a leader who had been as deceitful as Odysseus? Were his disguise and lies and testing justified somehow? Do his homecoming and the restoration of his kingship trump any ruses he uses to accomplish them? Does the role of the gods and their laws fit in this mix somehow?
Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.
This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.
This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visted in an anonymous form.
This domain of this cookie is owned by Vimeo. This cookie is used by vimeo to collect tracking information. It sets a unique ID to embed videos to the website.