Homer’s Odyssey: The Man Skilled in All Ways of Contending and the Singer of Tales

  1. The Real Homer: c. 750-650 BCE
    1. The Blind Bard: Homer and the Tradition
    2. Milman Parry and Albert Lord Discover Real Bards
    3. The Dark Ages (1200-900 BCE) and the Dorian Invasion
    4. Heinrich Schliemann and the Discovery of Troy
  1. The Trojan War: Bronze Age Greece, c. 1250-1240 BCE
    1. The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
    2. The Iliad: The Battle for Troy
    3. The Greek Warrior Ethos
  1. Two Epics, Two Heroes, Two Homers?: Comparing the Iliad and the Odyssey
    1. Tales of War and Peace
    2. The Maturing of the Epic Hero
    3. The Bard and Tradition
  1. The Divine and the Human in Homer
    1. The Greek Pantheon
    2. Fate and the Limits of Divine Intervention
    3. Crooked Kronos
    4. Divine Justice
  1. Telemakhos’ Journey and the Consequences of War
    1. Beginning in the Middle
    2. A Son’s Quest
    3. The Restoration of Order
  1. Visits Abroad: Nestor in Pylos; Menelaos and Helen in Mycenae
    1. Nestor’s Wisdom
    2. Helen Drugs the Wine
    3. The Suitors Plot Telemakhos’ Death
  1. Kalypso’s Care and Nausikaa’s Welcome
    1. Why go home?
    2. Washing Up on Shore
    3. Nausikaa Greets the Stranger
  1. The Honored Guest and the Harper’s Songs
    1. Alkinoos, Calm in Power
    2. Books VII and VIII: Odysseus in Disguise
    3. Odysseus and the Harper
  1. The Essay