February 10, 2021

MBC-012-ODYSSEY by Homer


Emily Austin is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago, and author of Grief and the Hero: the Futility of Longing in the Iliad. Her area of expertise is emotion in the ancient world.


Show Notes:

Greek concepts of Hell [3:45]

Repeating patterns of grief giving rise to anger [5:30]

Digging into the character of Odysseus [14:20]

Alice Oswald’s Memorial as powerful excavation of Homer [16:450

Contemporary echoes of Electra [18:00]

Jonathan Shay on Homer, PTSD, and Vietnam [20:00]

Notes on the Aeneid and it’s connection to Homer [23:00]


Professor Austin’s Odyssey translation recommendation:

Robert Fitzgerald


Don’t Forget:

Read the Mouse Book Club Odyssey and Aeneid Blog.