Š  On September 5-9, 2012, UNC’s Playmakers Repertory Company will do “An Iliad

“The mother of all war stories told with stunning ferocity in a brilliant contemporary voice. Homer's epic tale of mighty warriors, gods and goddesses, and the face that launched a thousand ships comes alive with the grit, glory, bloodlust and poetic loss that have held audiences enthralled through the ages.”

Homer in general and esp. The Iliad: 

Š  Homer Iliad 1.1 Perseus annotated Greek text (you can switch to English too)

Š  Basic intro to alphabet etc. of ancient Greek at Berkeley

Š  Basic Greek alphabet info


Š  Homer in Perseus Encyclopedia assigned reading for CLAS 55

Š  Porter: The Iliad and the Greek Bronze Age, U. of S. assigned reading for CLAS 55

Š  Porter: Homeric Gods, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Š  Porter: Homeric Society, Univ. of Saskatchewan assigned reading for CLAS 55

Š  Porter: Iliad as Oral Formulaic Poetry, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Š  The Epic Cycle (by C. David Claudon) follow his links for study guide to Iliad, including names of characters

Š  Reed College map of Homeric (Iliadic) Geography  

Š  Classical Epic Links and Resources for a course at Temple U.

Š  Study guide for Homer's Iliad (Temple U.) Good Study Questions for each Book.  Recommended for CLAS 55

Š  Classical Myth: Info: Time Line

Š  Outline of Homer's Iliad by David Silverman, Reed College

Š  Outline of Homer's ILIAD Brief (1-2 page) book-by-book outline

Š  Thomas Martin Overview of Archaic and Classical Greek History toc


Š  Course Notes Porter including Homer Univ. of Saskatchewa

Š  Poetry Recitation Page at Harvard  You can dowlnoad recordings of Gregory Nagy and Carolyn Higbie reading passages from the Iliad (and other folks doing other Greek and Latin poetry) Š  Gregory Nagy reading the start of Iliad One

Š  Homer's Iliad, Book 1, lines 1-52 read in the restored pronunciation of classical Greek by Stephen G. Daitz, City University of New York.

Š  Homeric singing (with audio files)

Š  The Internet Classics Archive | The Iliad by Homer Translated by Samuel Butler

Š  The Virtual Iliad promises "an interactive ... in-depth summary of Homer's Iliad"

Š  Study Guide for Reading Homer's Iliad By Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple U., designed to accompany Fagles translation

Š  Homer's Iliad and Odyssey  High school site

Š  Iliad, Mythological Background, Univ. of Saskatchewan Pretty good

Š "Fragment of a Homer-Hypothesis with no gods   (summary of Iliad 7 and 8, with links
to pics at bottom of page) (published by J. O Hara in 1984)  Unofficial
pic   Also here

Š  An Iliad 24 papyrus at Princeton

Š  Keyword search for Homer in Duke Papyrus Archive Very nice! With pics you can enlarge of Homeric papyri

Š  Keyword Search for Homer in Michigan papyri

Š  Some diagrams of pictures of the shield of Achilles or similar shields: diagram ; drawing from 1749 (info at #444 here. Also this bronze model is pretty cool (click to the left for close-ups).

Š  "The Shield of Achilles" by W.H. Auden. 

Š  Pic of relief of Hephaestus and Cyclopes forging shield of Achilles

Š  There is virus-protection software called Achilles'Shield.  Also something to do with Lara Croft, Tomb Raider?




Š  Homer's Odyssey resources Good site, with brief outlines of each book, and links to pics, maps, text in Greek and several translations online, and other neat links (e.g. to Joyce, Kafka). Recommended on CLAS 55 syllabus

Š  Study Guide for Homer's Odyssey (Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple U.) Good Study Questions for each Book (but based on Fagles translation).  Recommended on CLAS 55 syllabus

Š Plot Outline for Homer's Odysseyby John Porter, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Š Good background info on the Odyssey from a course by Peter Struck of Penn.

Š Study Guide for the Odyssey Notes, Summary, and Study Guide to the 24 Books By N.S. Gill, About.com Guide

Š Two-page summary of the Odyssey by K. Wheeler

Š Brief notes and some study questions on the Odyssey from a profesor of English at Creighton

Š   Pics of Odysseus and the Cyclops: Odysseus escaping under the ram on a vase and another vase four blinding pics (scroll down);

Š  "Random Homer Quote" (not what you think)


Literary reception:

Š The Odyssey of Homer. Translated by Alexander Pope. A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication

Š  The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel is an epic poem in modern Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (1938)   Amazon (English translation).

Š Omeros. 1990 epic poem by Caribbean writer Derek Walcott.  Amazon.  Summary.

Š   Tennyson's Ulysses  also here and and a few critical notes here


Some recent fiction:

Š          The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, by Margaret Atwood (2005). Retells events from Penelope’s point of view.  Quick Read. Amazon.

Š          The Lost Books of the Odyssey, by Zachary Mason (2010). 44 snippets from one to several pages long, featuring imagined alternative episodes, fragments, and revisions of Homer’s original. Amazon.

Š          The Song of Achilles: A Novel, by Madeline Miller (2012). Focus is on the love of Achilles and Patroclus (cameos by Odysseus).  Amazon

Š          And not so recent: A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF JOYCE'S ULYSSES


Recent theatrical productions:

Š  New play in 2002 from American Repertory Theater, "Highway Ulysses": see NYTimes story

Š  In April 2012, UNC s Playmakers Repertory Company did "Penelope  “A woman's ex-husband re-appears after 20 years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of modern war, he doesn't know who he is. She doesn't know who he's become. She reads aloud from The Odyssey and in the journey of Homer s masterpiece, she finds a way into her former husband's memory through the terror and trauma of war.”

Š  See above for Sept 2012 production of “An Iliad”


Homer on the radio:

Š  Why isn’t the sky blue?  Discussion (20 minutes) on the science radio show Radiolab about color, and especially why we think the sky is blue, but Homer never mentions blue


Graphic novel:

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds (2010). A graphic novel.  Amazon.


Odysseus on film and TV:

Š  Homer and the movies (discussion including "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", which is "loosely based on Homer's 'Odyssey'")

Š Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  (2010) in Las Vegas at the Lotus Casino, where the free lotus-flower snacks make you forget to leave, 10:01

Š  Another version of the lotus: Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967): Spock exposed to a plant  [2 minute clip—after 15-second ad] that makes even him content and happy, and here he is up a tree [brieferclip] telling Kirk he didn’t report to him because he didn’t want to

Š  Kirk Douglas and “Circe” 2:13, from Ulysses (1954) - IMDb


Š  Kirk Douglas (as Odysseus) and the Cyclops 6:02:


Š  1997 mini-series starring Armand Assante as Odysseus, here with modern Greek subtitles:

                  Scene (5:14) with Odysseus and Calypso (Vanessa Williams) (dubbed in Moderrn Greek with English subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq66mD_MG54

Info on the series at IMDB

Š  Sean Bean as Odysseus w/ Achilles in Troy (2004) - IMDb (3:54, start at 1:00)


Š  Sean Bean as Odysseus in director’s cut of “Troy” 1:31


Š  Wishbone (the dog) “Home Sweet Homer”

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea_57mfHp9w

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvLcXC36-DE

Š   Song by some history teachers summarizing the Odyssey, sung to the tune of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” with scenes from the Armand Assante tv series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdTigtNMmDQ

Š  Le mépris a.k.a. Contempt

1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, about making a film version of the Odyssey, based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo by Alberto Moravia,  starring Brigitte Bardot, Fritz Lang, Jack Palance

Info on the film at IMDB

Ten-minute clip of them watching some clips about the gods



Achilles and esp. Odysseus in songs:

Š  Led Zeppelin, “Achilles’ Last Stand” Lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6S9oqJRclo

Š  Bob Dylan, “Temporary Like Achilles”(classical content not obvious) http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858506716/

Š  Cream, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8hLc_nqx8g

With tales of brave Ulysses, how his naked ears were tortured

By the sirens sweetly singing

Š  Steely Dan, “Home At Last” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sea3lnVgyrY

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past

Still I remain tied to the mast

Could it be that I have found my home at last

Home at last

Š  Nick Cave, “Night Of The Lotus Eaters” (not too classical)

Š Nick Cave, “More News From Nowhere” http://artists.letssingit.com/nick-cave-lyrics-more-news-from-nowhere-p3nj94n

I turn another corner, I go down a corridor and I see this guy

He must be about 100 foot tall and he only has one eye

He asks me for my autograph, I write nobody and then

I wrap myself up in my woolly coat and blind him with my pen

Cause someone must have put something in my drink, everything getting strange looking

Half the people had turned into squealing pigs, the other half were cooking

Let me out of here, I cried, and I went pushing past

And I saw miss Polly singing with some girls, I cried strap me to the mast

Š  Iron Maiden, “Ghost of the Navigator” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSOnn1gspjs

I steer between the crashing rocks, the sirens call my name

Lash my hands onto the helm, blood surging with the strain

I will not fail now as sunrise comes the darkness left behind