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The Odyssey of Homer

Narrateur(s): Elizabeth Vandiver
Durée: 6 h et 5 min
5 out of 5 stars (19 évaluations)

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What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.

This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey. In doing so, you'll understand the cultural assumptions that lie behind Homer's lines and the critical and interpretive issues involved in truly unpacking this ancient masterpiece.

Among the range of episodes, themes, and topics you'll explore are: Odysseus's superb skills as a rhetorician; the abrupt break in the text at the end of the "Great Wanderings" episode, when the poem briefly returns to the third-person narrative; Penelope's knowledge and motives as they relate to the inevitability of her suitors' doom; the effectiveness (or possible lack thereof) in the poem's ending; the historical basis for the Trojan War from which Odysseus returns; and more.

For anyone who's loved the stories of Odysseus's encounters with witches, monsters, and vengeful gods; for anyone who's longed to truly grasp the intricate nature of Homer's epic; or for anyone who has been looking for ways to approach a work that can often be intimidating to first-time readers, these lectures are an invaluable resource and a helpful introduction to the grandest adventure story in Western literature.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Accessible

Thank you for making this accessible to me and so interesting , with cultural interpretations.

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Interesting Review of the story

I'm mildly obsessed by The Odyssey. These lectures reminded me why it's such a ripping story, and why it's had such a profound influence on Western culture. The lectures are geared to an audience that wants to understand the story rather than being an esoteric, scholarly examination of the text. It's Odyssey 101. The lecturer is knowledgeable and passionate about her topic. #Audible1

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very nice and stimulating. <br />I may read actual poem

I would recommend this book to anyone . detailed coverage of the story with deep analysis of events and meanings.

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Clear, educational and entertaining.

Professor Vandiver's clear and well-organized approach has always been enjoyable to listen to. This is the second course that I have finished listening to, with ease, and I look forward to listening to other courses by Professor Vandiver.

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  • SAMA
  • 2014-01-14

Another Great Course of a Greak Greek Classic

What did you like best about this story?

The tragic adventures of Odysseus after the Trojan War takes him all over the place, and includes flashbacks for the parts of the Trojan War that happened after the Iliad, as well as his encounters with a Cyclops, a sorceress and divinities all over the place.

What about Professor Elizabeth Vandiver’s performance did you like?

Professor Elizabeth Vandiver is quickly becoming one of my favorite professors available through the Great Courses. She knows how to provide the structure the material deserves, while keeping it accessible.

Any additional comments?

If you decide to listen to this course, be sure to listen to the Iliad (same Professor) first to get the best experience. In a way, it could be considered a prerequisite.

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  • Tommy D'Angelo
  • North Providence, RI United States
  • 2015-08-09

Overall engaging course but ending felt off

Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey of Homer to be better than the print version?

Pluses:
• A great book-by-book summary of the events of the Odyssey
• Frequent citing of examples of two common themes: 1- The definition of good and bad hospitality; 2- Odysseus’s craftiness at being able to read people and tailoring his message or approach based on the situation
• The professor was easy to listen to (almost every sentence was easy to understand and there is an avoidance of flowery language that makes understanding difficult)

Minuses:
• The professor tended to explain the same point multiple times and seemed to repeat sentences (the point could’ve been made in less sentences)
The ending of the course felt off for two reasons: 1- The last lecture seems somewhat out of place and probably would fit better in the Iliad course; 2- The course seemed to be missing concluding thoughts/final analysis of the work or its literary themes

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  • Betsy
  • Everett, MA, United States
  • 2013-10-20

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed both this and The Iliad. The professor is knowledgeable and fleshed out the story. But she retained the sense of wonder at the enormous achievement So much of Homeric studies have lost the amazement at wonder at an amazing work of literature by focusing too much on the mechanics of who and how.

But it is very obvious that this and The Iliad were one course. She references back to things form the previous course and does not include the introductory lectures on Homer, which are necessary. And she refers to it as a Homer course. I did listen to The Iliad first so this was no loss for me but if you don't then you are losing something. More importantly a very obvious way to scam credits off of people by Audible.

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  • KMM
  • 2014-11-04

Excellent course

What did you love best about The Odyssey of Homer?

As usual, Vandiver rocked it. I cannot imagine reading such great works as the Iliad and the Odyssey without her courses. Her lecture on the Odyssey once again gave vital context to the epic story, helping me to have a deeper, richer experience with it. The Odyssey is an amazing story, and understanding its underpinnings with the help of a Classics scholar is a true gift. Any writer craves, even at a deep unconscious level, to crawl back to the origins of story...the glorious archetypes that are the deeply buried skeletons beneath the flesh of our own ideas...to understand them and let their power awaken in us. Vandiver peels back every layer and helps us to see every shimmering dimension.

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  • David I. Williams
  • Keithville, LA, United States
  • 2015-05-06

Wonderful overview

Dr. Vandiver gives an excellent overview of the story of the Odyssey and the world of Homer. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the subject. I've studied Homer at the undergraduate and the graduate level and still found wonderful insights.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-18

A perfect sequel!

Elizabeth Vandiver (The Narrator) is great at conveying her points clearly and timely. She does a really good job of examining the source material without tainting it with personal drabble. This is a great translation and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


As for the actual story.. it's hard to discuss without spoilers but I think it's a great home coming story that wraps up the Trojan saga nicely.

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  • A. Peterson
  • 2019-02-11

wonderful

I love The Odyssey, and this lecture series is a wonderful companion piece for understanding.

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  • Jerry
  • Earth
  • 2018-11-08

Professor Vandiver.

The professor is so learned. The 3 lectures on Homer and Virgil are compelling and informative. Worth listening to twice.

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  • Kirk Jonathan Barbera
  • Santa Ana, California
  • 2018-10-27

Best great lectures lecturer!

I have listened to both Vandiver’s lectures on the Iliad and the odyssey and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

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  • Russell
  • 2018-10-16

Wish I had this in HS

I remember reading homer in HS, this commentary would have made everything so much more interesting and meaningful! I’ve decided to listen to the prof’s other lectures too.