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Whereas Homer has sometimes been considered the first of the tragic poets, the hero of The Odyssey has been described as the ancient prototype of comedy. Never at a loss, the wily Odysseus relies on his wits to extricate himself from the tightest scrapes, displaying qualities that May recall trickster figures to comedy. To follow the resourceful Odysseus on his way back from the battlefield at Troy to his royal home in Ithaca is to embark on a narrative adventure through realms of fantasy and romance inspiring readers and poets since the bronze age.
INSTRUCTOR: Lillian Corti earned a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the City University of New York. She taught ancient classics in translation at Tulsa University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and at the Athens Center for the North West Council of Study Abroad. She participated in an NIH Institute on Homer and Oral Traditions at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1994) and has published a book-length study of the myth of Medea.
REQUIRED BOOK: Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Emily Wilson. Norton: NYC 2019.
READING FOR FIRST CLASS: The Odyssey, Book 1.
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