How to Read The Odyssey - A Six Week Intensive

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 5:30pm

When: Wednesdays, Jan. 20 – Feb. 24, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 ET
Who: Tonya Rozelle

Where: Online!

Open to high school age through adults. Can't make the class live? Everyone who signs up will receive the recordings to watch later.

Are you scheduled to lead students through The Odyssey but not quite sure where to begin? Or would you like an arena in which to engage in discussions before having them with your student(s)? Better yet, is this epic poem on your personal list and you long for group discussion? Whether The Odyssey is part of your personal redeemed education program or something you are leading students through this year, glean more from it through peer discussion in the classical way.

This major foundational work in the history of Western culture maybe be Homer’s follow-up to The Iliad, but it is most important as a stand-alone epic that offers profound insight into the nature of home, family, and community. 

We will spend six weeks pondering how best to present this work to students. We will discuss why this work still matters and specifically what it can help us learn about the one true God and His plan for home. We will consider the best way to approach discussions, so students glean life-impacting ideas from this work and walk away from the reading better humans.

The instructor will reference the Lattimore translation during discussions. However, multiple excellent translations exist for this ancient work. If you have a different translation, please feel free to read and reference that translation during our discussions. Much can be gleaned from comparing translations.    


Reading Schedule for Discussions:

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Books I-IV

Wednesday, Jan. 27: Books V-VIII

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Books IX-XII

Wednesday, Feb. 10: Books XIII-XVI

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Books XVII-XX

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Books XXI-XXIV