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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)
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  3. Lesson 3: Interview with Tutor Hannah Hintze
    2 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 4: Lecture on Homer: "The Leaf Bed"
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. Lesson 5: Seminar #1 on The Odyssey
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. Lesson 6: Lecture on Homer: "To Hades and Back Again"
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. Lesson 7: Post-Lecture Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  8. Lesson 8: Seminar #2 on The Odyssey
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  9. Lesson 9: Lecture on Homer: "The Cattle of the Sun"
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  10. Lesson 10: Post-Lecture Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  11. Lesson 11: Seminar #3 on The Odyssey
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  12. Lesson 12: Seminar #4 on The Odyssey
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  13. Lesson 13: Post-Seminar Interview with Hannah Hintze
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  14. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: The Odyssey
    1 Quiz
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  • What insight from this lecture do you find most interesting or helpful and why? Why do you think Odysseus chooses mortality, with its pain, sorrow, and eventual death, over immortality? Is he being honest with the answer he gives Calypso? Give evidence from both the lecture and your own reading of Homer.
  • Why does Odysseus “rejoice” to discover a pile of leaves to lie in? How do the two leaf piles in his life shed light on Odysseus’s feelings?
  • Contrast Odysseus’s acceptance of mortality with that of his father, Laertes. Is there any trait that the two share?
  • What are some ways that Homer sews the episodes of the poem together to make the epic into a whole fabric?