Homer's Odyssey is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus, the famous warrior and cunning hero who must defeat monsters and resist exotic temptations, as he makes his long journey from Troy to his homeland of Ithaca. In episode 4, we take a look at the Odyssey's influence on art and culture--especially on literature and film. We also take an in-depth look at themes such as xenia (or hospitality), phronesis (or practical intelligence), and the role of men and fathers in society. Joining us this episode is the first woman to translate Homer’s Odyssey into English, classicist and UPenn professor, Emily Wilson (47:47). In her interview, Dr. Wilson discusses her new translation of the Odyssey, her theory as a translator, her love of the classics, and gender in literature. We also chat with our Western canon correspondent, Gina Santiago (2:19:00).
About the Show:
The Western Canon is a monthly podcast dedicated to examining the timeless stories, ideas, and thinkers of the Western literary tradition. Working chronologically through "the great conversation of history," each episode focuses on a distinct canonical work, set of works, or intellectual period. Featuring lively summary, literary analysis, philosophical discussion, and guest commentary, the show also tackles social and political issues related to Western civilization, the modern university, free speech, well-being, and much more. Educate your mind and feed your soul by tuning in with Jordan Alexander Hill, Gina Santiago, and special guests on the 1st of every month!