Boethius Book Club, Episode 10: The Odyssey
This month’s selection is The Odyssey. Our first discussion one year ago, you will recall, took up the books devoted to Telemachus. The discussion was quite good but limited. Although everyone probably has read the Odyssey more than once, and I know that many reread the whole thing for last August’s meeting, we shall be concentrating mainly on the opening of Book I, Books V-VIII, XI, and XIII-XXIV.
In this next installment, we shall take up the character and homecoming of Odysseus and explore more deeply the Homeric view of man, the gods, and justice. We might even engage in a bit of theological comparison of the Odyssey with the Christian Gospels.
For translations, I recommend (as before) translations done before WWII. Butcher & Lang are quite accurate; Samuel Butler is very readable, as is T.E. Lawrence’s rather colloquial retelling.
Recorded: August 25, 2016
Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
Show Run Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming
Show Host(s): James Easton
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