The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for a home. It is about how we find community, how we find who gets to be in a particular community, and what does it mean that some people belong and other people don’t belong. It’s a poem that resonates with current issues we have in our culture such as immigration, or what to do about veterans returning from war.
Guest: Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the first woman who translated the ancient Greek epic story, The Odyssey by Homer, into the English language.
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