Unfolding The Odyssey

Unfolding The Odyssey: Homer’s The Odyssey As Translated By Emily Wilson

Nickolas Pappas, Moderator

“Tell me about a complicated man” is the opening sentence of Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation of The Odyssey. This epic poem has been exclusively translated by men, but now Dr. Wilson – recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant – is the first woman scholar and translator to focus on the gendered side of Odysseus and his anger and pride. In other words, Wilson’s translation supplies an angle on Odysseus that we normally do not get. Having a female scholar and translator look with fresh eyes upon one of the great myths of Western civilization is riveting and exciting. We will read and discuss Emily Wilson’s translation as she approaches the poem from a critically, politically-engaged lens while maintaining clarity and accessibility.

Session 1 Introduction to Homer.
Session 2 Odyssey, Books 1-6.
Optional suggested reading: M. I. Finley, The World of Odysseus.
Session 3 Odyssey, Books 7-10.
Optional suggested reading: Daniel Mendelsohn, “A Father’s Final Odyssey,” The New Yorker, April 24, 2017.
Session 4 Odyssey, Books 11-12.
Optional suggested reading: Scott Huler, No-Man’s Lands: One Man’s Odyssey through the Odyssey.
Session 5 Odyssey, Books 13-17.
Session 6 Odyssey, Books 18-24.


MONDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

MAR           9, 23
APR            6, 20
MAY           4, 18

Cost $500 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $250

Nickolas Pappas

NICKOLAS PAPPAS – received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University. He is now Professor of Philosophy at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he has taught for more than twenty years. His Guidebook to Plato’s Republic recently came out in a third edition and has been translated into several languages. He has also written The Nietzsche Disappointment; Politics and Philosophy in Plato’s Menexenus (with Mark Zelcer); and published numerous articles on ancient philosophy.