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Reading and Teaching The Odyssey

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  1. Lessons
    Lesson 1: How to Read Homer by Eva Brann (Preview Content)
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    1 Quiz
  2. Lesson 2: Interview with Eva Brann (Preview Content)
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    1 Quiz
  3. Lesson 3: Interview with Tutor Hannah Hintze
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    1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 4: Lecture on Homer: "The Leaf Bed"
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    1 Quiz
  5. Lesson 5: Seminar #1 on The Odyssey
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    1 Quiz
  6. Lesson 6: Lecture on Homer: "To Hades and Back Again"
    4Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. Lesson 7: Post-Lecture Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3Topics
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    1 Quiz
  8. Lesson 8: Seminar #2 on The Odyssey
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    1 Quiz
  9. Lesson 9: Lecture on Homer: "The Cattle of the Sun"
    4Topics
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    1 Quiz
  10. Lesson 10: Post-Lecture Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3Topics
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    1 Quiz
  11. Lesson 11: Seminar #3 on The Odyssey
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    1 Quiz
  12. Lesson 12: Seminar #4 on The Odyssey
    4Topics
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    1 Quiz
  13. Lesson 13: Post-Seminar Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3Topics
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    1 Quiz
  14. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: The Odyssey
    1 Quiz
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  • Which of Eva Brann’s suggestions for reading Homer do you find particularly insightful and why?
  • Eva Brann recommends recognizing that you’re missing a lot as you read Homer’s poems. How can you recognize what you can’t see? What are some ways you can train yourself to be alert to Homer’s artistry?
  • Is it easier for you to see what Homer doesn’t describe in detail, or hear what he doesn’t say? What textual cues can you watch out for to help you get better at both? If possible, give specific examples of when the group members were able to identify that something more was going on beneath the surface in one of Homer’s epics.
  • Why do you think Homer demands double visualization with his similes? Does the poem itself provide the answer to which image or interpretation should be definitive?
  • Which of Eva Brann’s tips do you personally find most insightful, and why? Do you have a tip of your own to add for others when they read Homer?